PRAGUE, 7 Oct – RIA Novosti, Alexander Kuranov. In the Czech Republic on Friday and Saturday will be elections in local authorities, and will also host the first round of elections one third of the upper house — the Senate.
The social Democrats intend to maintain a leading position
Still a dominant position in local authorities, and the Senate was occupied by the Czech social democratic party (CSSD). In particular, its representatives are the hetmans (leaders) from the edges 11 and 13 occupy 33 of the 81 senatorial seats. According to the Prime Minister and CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka, he would be considered a success if the party retained their current positions.
“Personal” political movement billionaire
However, in recent years a serious contender for the social Democrats rose centrist in political orientation and views on a populist movement ANO, founded in 2011 is one of the richest men in the country – Andrew Babish, who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. The size of its capital by October 2016 is 70 billion euros (about 2.9 billion dollars), while the main brainchild is the largest in Central Europe, the agricultural holding Agrofert. In addition, Babish owns several popular media that, according to his political opponents, allows Babish exert additional influence on voters.
Last month, the lower house of the Czech Parliament approved the bill, which, among other things, prohibits future members of the government to own the media. “A stricter law on conflict of interests adopted. The oligarchs will have to choose: either membership in the government, or subsidies, state orders, and the possession of mass media”, — commented this decision on Twitter, the Prime Minister Sobotka.
Nevertheless, according to the latest opinion poll held in late September, the movement PARTS continues to be the most popular with voters – his support of 28.5% of the population. The social Democrats are second with 23%, in third place with 15% are Communists. All right-wing parties received in the survey less than 10% of the votes each, this also applies to the third partner in the ruling coalition – the Christian democratic movement.
Elections in local authorities as a rehearsal for parliamentary
As pointed out in the comments to the forthcoming elections in local authorities and re-election part of the Senate Republican TV, video, in addition to performing its main task, also be a kind of rehearsal for the next parliamentary elections to be held in a year. The results of this vote may affect the internal situation in each party and the position of their leaders.
Communists as partners of the democratic party
In search of new arguments and possible political coalitions, the leading parties are now seen as potential partners, even those forces that are still undeniably denied as such. Just two days ago Bohuslav Sobotka declared that the social Democrats, if successful in the next parliamentary elections, might invite the government representatives of the Communist party, if it does not challenge the membership in NATO and Pro-European orientation of the Republic.
At the same time the Prime Minister appreciated the cooperation of his party with the Communists at the regional level. According to him, these coalitions in the governing bodies of the edges “work, work for the benefit of citizens and are stable.”
“The position of the Communists develop differently than maybe some of us expected in the early 1990-ies. We thought that their support will begin to drop rapidly. But this is not happening,” said Sobotka.
Favorably responded about cooperation with the Communists at different levels and Andrew Babish. He does not hide ambitions to become the future Prime Minister.
The social Democrats since 1995, guided by its so-called Bohuminska a resolution that prohibits the collaboration of the social Democrats with extremist parties, including the Communist party. Over time, however, both parties have begun to cooperate at the regional and district authorities. Since its inception five years ago, is actively cooperating with the Communists at the grassroots level and the ANO movement.
The leader of the Czech Communists Vojtech Filip, in response to the statement Sobotka, said on Wednesday that the Communist party does not intend to deviate from its basic principles. In particular, he reminded that the Communists propose to hold a referendum on withdrawal from the Czech Republic to the NATO. “The Communist party respects the views of citizens and other parties also have to respect them”, — said Philip.
According to observers of the Prague news portal Novinky Thomas Solidakis, the words of Philip show anything else, like that of the Communist party live very well in opposition, and it is not going to carry the burden of governmental responsibility, being satisfied with joining the local authorities.
Low voter turnout
As for re-election one third of the membership of the upper house of the Czech Parliament, the Senate, they are held every two years through a two-tiered majority system. The first round of elections will be held on Friday and Saturday, the second will be held next week on the same days. To reach the second round of the candidates to the members of the Senate must receive more than 50% of the vote.
An important role in the outcome of the elections to the regional authorities and the Senate can, as always, to play the voter turnout. Typically, the most responsible procedure to fit the supporters of the left parties, highly disciplined, behave, and supporters of the movement ANO. In General, the voters are to participate in the elections, quite passively. In particular, in the last election of members of the regional municipalities in 2012 participated in the voting only 36,89% of the voters.