Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka as prime minister in a few days, he has told the Reuters press agency, which writes that Zeman may do so on Monday, January 13.
The appointment of Sobotka would enable the establishment of a coalition government of the CSSD, the ANO movement and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).
Zeman said he has reservations about some of the candidates for ministers whom the coalition presented along with signing the coalition agreement on January 6.
He said he would present them at a press conference on Friday.
Zeman denied he was dragging his feet over appointing the new cabinet led by the CSSD, which emerged victorious from the October general election.
Nevertheless, Zeman said Sobotka has met all conditions he has set for him. He said he expects to appoint Sobotka´s cabinet at the end of January.
"Mr Sobotka has fulfilled all the conditions I had given to him. Therefore he will, of course, be appointed prime minister," Zeman told Reuters.
He reportedly told Sobotka that he would appoint him as prime minister one week after the date of the coalition pact signing. Sobotka could thus be appointed on January 13.
Observers have been pointing to tense relations between Zeman, former CSSD chairman and PM who fell out with the party in the mid-2000s, and Sobotka, a critic of Zeman in the CSSD.
After the October elections, Zeman asked Sobotka to conduct the government-forming negotiations but he has not appointed him prime minister yet.