Communists admit tactics behind Bobošiková nomination
The Communists have admitted that tactics are behind their nomination of Czech Euro MP Jana Bobošíková as their candidate for president. On Wednesday party representatives effectively admitted to raising the stakes ahead of the election: last week’s vote proved inconclusive after neither of two candidates – neither Jan Švejnar nor incumbent Václav Klaus – gained enough votes. This Friday will see a see a second attempt and if the Communists are true to their word, it could be a different affair by far.
“I’m not sure about all of the Communists’ motives but it clear that what is at stake is their increasing influence and value in negotiations. They want to see other parties take them seriously, and they want to see a willingness from other parties to make concessions. You could say it is a public relations ploy by the Communist Party. Of course, if Jana Bobošíková stays in the vote, it will help President Klaus and hurt Jan Švejnar. She would divide the opposition vote between Mr Švejnar and herself.”
Whether Mrs Bobošíková stays in is the big question: even the Communists themselves admitted just hours after announcing her, that her nomination was a matter of tactics: they have since made clear they would be willing to drop support for her in favour of Mr Švejnar but only in return for concessions. The most notable among them brought up in talks between the Greens and the opposition Social Democrats on Wednesday: a promise to block the stationing of a US radar base on Czech territory. Such a proposal is acceptable for the Social Democrats but certainly not for the Greens. Jan Bureš once again:
Whether the Communists themselves will back down can not be ruled out in the final hours ahead of Friday’s vote. But if they do, a number of scenarios are possible, among them keeping Jan Švejnar’s chances alive (like last week) at least until the third round of the vote. Legislators from the Civic Democratic Party backing Mr Klaus aren’t necessarily worried: they say they already have all the votes needed and that this time – unlike the last – their candidate will win.