Sobotka expects Zeman to name him Czech PM in early January

Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka hovoří s novináři při odchodu z pražského sídla Senátu, kde 16. prosince večer jednal s představiteli hnutí ANO a KDU-ČSL o podobě budoucí vlády. Lídři ČSSD, ANO a KDU-ČSL se dnes na rozdělení resortů nedohodli. Ve hře jsou dvě varianty, jednání bude pokračovat asi ve středu, řekl Sobotka.

published: 30.12.2013, 16:50 | updated: 30.12.2013 17:08:34

Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka told CTK today that he expected President Milos Zeman to name him prime minister in early January as he had fulfilled all his conditions.

After the New Year, Sobotka will have a brief meeting with Zeman to introduce candidates for ministers to him.

If Zeman is reluctant to name any of them, it cannot be ruled out that a complaint with the Constitutional Court over presidential powers may be lodged, Sobotka said.

Last weekend, representatives of the nascent coalition composed of the CSSD, ANO movement and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) agreed on signing the coalition pact on January 6.

"I think that all the conditions Zeman has given in his statement were fulfilled. Now he should decide on the basis of the constitution, which means naming the prime minister and subsequently, on the basis of the prime minister's proposal, naming the new government," Sobotka said.

"I let the next steps up to Zeman. I suppose they will follow in the first January days," he added.

"We believe that the president should respect the parties' agreement on the new government lineup," Sobotka said, commenting on the speculations that Zeman might not name some of the candidates.

Sobotka said he hoped a confrontation would be avoided and it would not be necessary to lodge the complaint over powers with which the prime minister might insist on the naming of the proposed candidates.

He said he could not rule out the alternative.

"I think that we know and undoubtedly the president knows this too, as do constitutional experts, that there is the alternative of complaint over powers," Sobotka said.

Zeman has repeatedly made it clear that he is reluctant to accept some suggested names, most notably Social Democrat Lubomir Zaoralek who may be proposed for foreign minister.

Zaoralek was reputedly one of the CSSD deputies who refused to vote for Zeman in the 2003 presidential election, held in the parliament. Sobotka, too, is considered Zeman's opponent.

Zeman is reportedly also against Jiri Dienstbier, the official Social Democrat candidate in the direct presidential election won by Zeman at the beginning of the year, as justice minister.

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