Coalition parties begin search for new prime minister
Following the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Nečas, the race is on to find a suitable successor from within the Civic Democratic Party. The Civ Dems, together with coalition partners TOP 09 and LIDEM, are looking to put forward a candidate within a matter of days who could renew the government and remain in power until regular elections next year.
“What I heard from our MPs is that Mr Kuba would have a tough time getting a majority in the lower house and his nomination would be met with significant resistance from some.”
Other Civic Democrats being mentioned are Justice Minister Pavel Blažek, MP Zbyněk Stanjura and the chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies Miroslava Němcová, the last of who has long been held in high regard, but who blinked in the past when she was the party’s first nominee for president. An earlier favourite, former justice minister Jiří Pospíšil is reportedly no longer ‘in the running’, presumably after he backed Mr Kuba.
To save time and prevent potential discord, the Civic Democrats after a meeting of senior party members on Monday) opted to hold talks with their coalition partners first to sound out possible names. Who will emerge remains very much an open question. Should it prove impossible to agree on a suitable candidate in the matter of days or, say, a week, some representatives, such as Jirí Pospíšil and Martin Kuba told the media they were not afraid of early elections. Those have been called for from the very start by the opposition. Social Democrat deputy leader Michal Hašek:
The naming of the next prime minister, of course, will hinge most on the country’s president: as has been noted, Miloš Zeman can respect a proposal from the centre-right coalition but is under no obligation to do so. Once the coalition decides, the ball will be very much in the president’s court.