published: 28.01.2013, 19:51 | updated: 28.01.2013 20:03:10
Prague - The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) is against the view of the newly elected Czech president Milos Zeman that early elections should be held, the ODS executive council said today.
The ODS is ready to maintain good relations with the newly elected president Milos Zeman and to cooperate with him, mainly in the foreign and security policies, the ODS added.
Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS) said the idea that upon taking office Zeman could dismiss him was an "illegitimate constitutional coup."
"We will have to wait and see what the steps the newly elected president Zeman will take," Necas said.
"The words uttered in euphoria are one thing, but the political reality another," Necas said.
"Only the Chamber of Deputies can call early elections, not the president," he added.
Leftist candidate Zeman said after he was elected that the centre-right government relied on the LIDEM party that was never elected by anyone.
Zeman said this was his civic view he would not hide as the president.
Necas and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) stressed on Sunday that the government was responsible to the Chamber of Deputies, not the president.
Zeman will be sworn in on March 8.
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