published: 28.10.2013, 11:15 | updated: 28.10.2013 11:36:13
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman should not interfere in the internal affairs of the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka said in a press release he sent to CTK today.
Sobotka wrote that it is scandalous that he was called on to resign by the party´s presidium on Sunday after his party fellow members met Zeman.
Sobotka said the call was an attempt at a putsch and gaining control of the party from the position of strength, adding that this would have happened irrespective of the CSSD´s election result.
The main cause of the lower election gain of the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) was their disunity, Sobotka wrote.
He wrote that Zeman has no right to advice the CSSD after the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), of which he is honorary chairman, failed in the early general election.
"CSSD must not end up like the SPOZ. The utter and uncritical subordination of the CSSD to the will and caprices of the president that (CSSD first deputy chairman) Michal Hasek is pushing through will make the party unelectable for a big part of its voters, particularly from among the middle- and younger-age generations and also for the more educated group of voters for a long time," Sobotka wrote.
He wrote that the CSSD´s internal situation is influenced through Hasek by Vratislav Mynar, head of Zeman´s office and SPOZ member, and also businessman and SPOZ deputy chairman Martin Nejedly.
Sobotka wrote that the CSSD must remain an autonomous party.
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