published: 24.08.2013, 13:42 | updated: 24.08.2013 16:34:34
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka will also be the party's election leader in the October early election, the CSSD central executive committee decided today.
The party's decision may be a certain message to Zeman who said earlier this week that he might not name the leader of the victorious party as the new prime minister.
Zeman said he believed the victorious party would take into account the preferential votes of its candidates when nominating the prime minister.
His statement seems to concern Sobotka who has had repeated disputes with Zeman. CSSD first deputy chairman Michal Hasek, who is closer to Zeman, received more preferential votes than Sobotka in the previous election in 2010.
Both Sobotka and Hasek will be running in the South Moravian Region in the forthcoming election again. Hasek is the region's governor.
Head of the Presidential Office Vratislav Mynar said Zeman's decision on whom to name the new prime minister might also be influenced by the number of preferential votes for the individual candidates.
"In my view, the board of the winning party in particular should lay stress on this. It would be silly if it did not do so because it should be ruled by the voters' will, not by that of the party's officials," Zeman said on Friday.
In the 2010 general election, Hasek received 1219 preferential votes more than Sobotka.
The Social Democrats are widely expected to win the early election.
Sobotka said if the party won one-third of the votes, its minority government should be preferred.
Sobotka said a cooperation with centre-left parties was possible.
He said the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) was just a "commercial" party.
Sobotka stressed a party resolution, repeatedly confirmed at party's congresses, had banned an open coalition with the Communists (KSCM) who may come second or third in the election.
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