ČSSD respects the decision of J. Švejnar not to take part in further discussions within the social democratic party, however, the internal party selection of a presidential candidate will continue.
ČSSD bears in mind and respects the decision of Jan Švejnar not to take part in further Discussion Arenas, in which ČSSD leads a debate with the public regarding the formulation of its new platform and possible candidates for the office of President of the Czech Republic. It is a surprising decision for ČSSD, since Jan Švejnar originally confirmed his participation in the Discussion Arenas.
It is clear Jan Švejnar, who was supported by ČSSD during the last parliamentary elections for President of the Republic, has not yet definitely decided whether to actually participate in the presidential elections in the spring of 2013. Thus, it is not possible as originally presumed to include him in the decision process through which ČSSD will select a candidate for the highest constitutional office which it may recommend to its supporters and members.
As the strongest left-wing and opposition party, ČSSD feels responsible for the course of the direct elections of the President of the Czech Republic and will therefore continue in its internal party selection of a presidential candidate. It is important for social democracy during the election of the next president for citizens to support a candidate who shares the social democratic values which are not only supported by ČSSD but also a large portion of the Czech public.
We will continue with our original plan of Discussion Arenas in individual regions. The candidate nominated for the internal party debate by the Political Committee and Presidium of ČSSD remains ČSSD Vice-Chairman Jiří Dienstbier.
The decision of which candidate ČSSD will support will be made following the intra-party debate by the Central Executive Committee in May or possible June of this year.
Bohuslav Sobotka, ČSSD Chairman
- ČSSD rejects the church restitution enforced by the TOP09 and ODS as unfair, over-priced and carrying a high-risk for the state
ČSSD rejects the church restitution enforced by the right-wing government because they are unfair, over-priced and carrying a high risk for the state. If ČSSD gains in the October elections a sufficient mandate from the voters, it will use its best efforts to rectify this injustice. We will seek to significantly reduce financial compensation for unissued church property so that the compensation will be reasonable and fair. We will not allow handing over of the property owned by the Church before 25th February 1948. We will consider the possible introduction of tax assignations to be used for church financing in the future.
- ČSSD compiled its lists of candidates according to the rules
ČSSD welcomes the decision of the District Court for Prague 1, which rejected the proposal of several members of ČSSD from Moravian-Silesian Region to issue a preliminary measure to prevent the submission of lists of (ČSSD) candidates for Parliamentary elections in this county.
- ČSSD Election Program in a Nutshell
After 7 years of the reign of the right we live in a state that does not work, or does not protect its citizens. ČSSD wants to change that!
- If Karel Schwarzenberg actually wanted to defend the legality of the Republic he should support the proposal of ČSSD to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies and new elections!
I consider statements of Karel Schwarzenberg addressing the President of the Republic Miloš Zeman in the Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung exaggerated and described historical parallels of the Nazi era and communism as inappropriate. TOP 09 Chairman should not conduct the political struggle in a way that worsens the reputation of the Czech Republic abroad.
- Instead of caretaker government it seems as a government of SPOZ
It is questionable, whether Prime Minister Rusnok fully understood the President´s task. The president repeatedly spoke about government of experts. According to previous statements by Jiří Rusnok in regard to staffing composition of his government it seems, he rather assembles a cabinet of SPOZ- Zeman´s Citizens´ Rights Party. If there is a government that has no democratic mandate from the voters, it will only worsen its public perception. ČSSD understands that President Zeman named Rusnok to avoid the failed right-wing coalition and we respect this decision of the President. The new government won´t be viable and can only serve as a catalyst in a new election effort.
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