Civic Democrats propose Miroslava Němcová for PM
In a surprise move, the Civic Democratic Party on Wednesday proposed the speaker of the lower house Miroslava Němcová as the country’s next prime minister. The choice of a woman to head the cabinet has been hailed as a smart move by commentators, but the response of the party’s coalition partners has been lukewarm and Ms. Němcová’s nomination for prime minister designate is in the hands of President Miloš Zeman, who has given no indication that he wants the present coalition to continue in office.
The popular 60-year-old politician looked grave as she explained why she’d nodded to the offer.
“I am fully aware of the critical and complicated situation the country is in and of the crisis within my own party. And after 15 years in politics I arrived at the conclusion that having received so much support, it is now time for me to give. I am grateful for the trust placed in me and I am glad we able to reach a swift decision in this matter because the public is not interested in our skirmishes, the public needs a government that will perform well and tackle the problems at hand.”
Whether it will even come to that is far from certain, because the ball is now in the president’s court and Mr. Zeman is keeping his own council on whether the centre-right coalition has any chance of continuing in office. Moreover, he may well remember the unflattering remarks the speaker of the lower house made about him shortly after his election to the presidency, portraying him as a power-hungry man whom it would be hard to deal with.
After 15 years of building a sound reputation in politics, Miroslava Němcová has stepped into the front-line to try and give her party and the centre-right coalition a new lease on life. Many predict that the move, which may have stood a chance earlier, has come too late.