published: 01.09.2013, 17:20 | updated: 01.09.2013 18:23:48
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman is not convinced that a generation change could reform the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) to the better, he said in a televised interview today, branding the present young communists "neo-Stalinists."
He said he would not like the next government, which will emerge from the October 25-26 general election, to include the KSCM.
First, the KSCM should go through a "four-year inter-phase" of tolerating a minority government of the election winner, without claiming posts in it, Zeman said.
He said he cannot rule out that parties may make a different decision after the election.
The election´s expected winner is the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), which Zeman, former prime minister, led in 1993-2001 before falling out with it in the mid-2000s.
The KSCM has been in opposition since the late 1989 fall of the communist regime, as the other parties in parliament have refused to cooperate with it on the central government level as undemocratic.
Zeman said no political party is "as rigid" as not to change at all. When it comes to the KSCM, he is rather concerned by the young generation of communists not being more liberal than the party´s older core, he said.
"I´ve seen a few appearances of the young communists´ union [members]...The fear and trembling I felt at watching the staunch neo-Stalinists´ style made me ask whether a generation change would have a positive effect in this case," Zeman said.
He said again he would be opposed to the CSSD, after its possible election victory, forming a government together with the conservative TOP 09.
He dismissed the speculation that he is behind the recent internal troubles and disputes in the CSSD.
Zeman is the honorary chairman of the small Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), to which several CSSD officials switched recently.
In reaction to it, CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka said the SPOZ is trying to benefit from people who have defected from other parties, which amounts to cheating voters.
"If I were Mr Sobotka, I´d be looking for mistakes of my own. It is always cheap and easy to say: my mistakes are to blame on external causes and a devil from Prague Castle is the cause behind them," Zeman said.
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