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Právo: Zeman is right wing's last chance

12 December 2012

Prague, Dec 11 (CTK) - The Czech right wing, which is in a deep crisis after six years of socially insensitive reforms and its inability to combat corruption effectively, has only one chance of how to stay in power, and that is the presidential rule of Milos Zeman, Jan Keller writes in daily Pravo yesterday.

Zeman (extra-parliamentary Party of Citizens' Rights, SPOZ) is one of the two favourites of the first Czech direct presidential election due in January.

It is irrelevant whether Zeman would present himself as a leftist, centrist or moderately rightist president because not politics but his resentment toward the current leaders of the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD), whom he led in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, would be of primary importance, Keller writes.

Zeman ran for president already ten years ago but some CSSD lawmakers did not support him in the secret parliamentary vote then, though he was the party's official candidate. Zeman left the CSSD several years ago, yet his influence on a part of its members is still strong.

As president, Zeman would support the opposition to the leadership within the CSSD. He would clearly indicate that he disrespects politicians such as the party's chairman Bohuslav Sobotka and deputy chairman Lubomir Zaoralek, Keller says.

It would be only a question of time when a platform of politicians from Zeman's era would be established among the Social Democrats, he notes.

This platform would then keep on saying that the democratic left wing cannot discredit itself by a government alliance with the Communists (KSCM). It would distance itself from Sobotka's socialists and seek new partners, mainly the SPOZ but also the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and some right-wing party, Keller writes.

He says Zeman would then declare that as a democratic statesman he is prepared to appoint a government of the platform with any democratic party, including the party that would develop the legacy of outgoing President Vaclav Klaus.

He adds that media would then agree that this would be the only way to maintain the necessary reforms, without which the Czechs would have allegedly followed the Greek path.

The Communists, most of whom would have supported Zeman's presidential bid, would gain more votes in the elections than all rightist parties together, but they would remain in the opposition, same as Sobotka's Social Democrats. The government would again be controlled by the right wing, even though no right-wing party would win over 10 or 12 percent of the vote, Keller concludes.

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