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ČSSD-KSČM minority gov't is viable, Sobotka says

ČTK |
16 October 2012

Prague, Oct 15 (CTK) - A Social Democrat (CSSD) minority government with Communist (KSCM) support would be viable, Czech Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka tells the paper Pravo.

The KSCM scored a landslide success in the Senate and regional elections held on Friday and Saturday, with the second highest number of votes after the CSSD.

"I reopened the debate 18 months ago," Sobotka replies to Pravo's question of whether the party would start a discussion on the abolition of the "Bohumin resolution" banning cooperation with Communists on the governmental level.

"I proposed a model of a minority Social Democrat government tolerated by the Communists," Sobotka said.

If the left has a majority in the next Chamber of Deputies, this may be a really viable model, he added.

This would largely clear up the situation and it would be obvious to voters, Sobotka said.

As far as the resolution passed in Bohumin, north Moravia, in 1995 is concerned, if the left has a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, a CSSD congress may subsequently return to the question, he added.

It can either modify or totally abrogate the resolution, Sobotka said.

Social Democrat presidential candidate Jiri Dienstbier has also said that it was untenable "for 20 percent on the left to be blocked," daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes.

Communists should be either banned or they should be invited for a full-fledged government cooperation, MfD quotes Dienstbier as saying.

The Communists are almost certain not to be banned, it adds.

The position of Michal Hasek, the second most influential Social Democrat, remains unclear, MfD writes.

"Local and regional policy differs from the national one. In the former case, the Bohumin resolution is not valid," Hasek said.

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