published: 16.08.2013, 09:57 | updated: 16.08.2013 10:05:30
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman does not rule out the Communist Party´s (KSCM) participation in a future Czech cabinet, but before entering it, the KSCM should keep afloat a minority cabinet of the Social Democrats (CSSD) for one election term, Zeman has told the KSCM´s daily Halo noviny.
"I believe that the KSCM should go through a four-year intermediate phase of tolerating a CSSD minority cabinet," Zeman said, answering the paper´s question of whether the KSCM could join a government.
"Of course, this is my personal opinion. By saying it I don´t meddle in either the KSCM or the CSSD´s affairs. The developments depend on the two parties´ decision," Zeman added.
Already as a candidate in the January direct presidential election, Zeman, former CSSD chairman and prime minister who fell out with the party in the mid-2000s, said he could imagine himself, in his capacity of president, appointing a cabinet that would directly on indirectly lean on the KSCM, in view of the possible outcome of the next election.
The CSSD is the most popular Czech party and the strongest party in both houses of parliament. It was in opposition under the right-wing coalition cabinet of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), that collapsed in June and was replaced by the Zeman-initiated caretaker cabinet of unaffiliated experts.
A majority of deputies started to call for early elections earlier this month after Jiri Rusnok´s caretaker cabinet lost a confidence vote. To provoke early elections, the Chamber of Deputies will start a debate on its own dissolution today. The crucial vote is expected on August 20.
Zeman also told Halo noviny that if the lower house dissolves itself, he would call an early general election for October 25-26.
He said he was telling this to the daily in reward for the KSCM deputies´ support to Rusnok cabinet in the August 7 confidence vote.
The KSCM is the fourth strongest party in the Chamber of Deputies. It has been in opposition since after the fall of the communist regime. Describing the KSCM as undemocratic and pointing to its dark past, the other parties have shunned cooperation with it.
The CSSD is still bound the its Bohumin resolution, approved by the party congress in 1995, that bans the CSSD´s cooperation with he KSCM on the national government level.
Only nine delegates supported the proposal to abolish the Bohumin resolution at the CSSD congress this March.
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