Filip: intention to form caretaker government legitimate but not solution

The leader of the Communist Party, Vojtěch Filip, called President Zeman’s intention on Monday to designate a candidate of his own choosing to head a government of experts “legitimate” but said it was only a “short-term” solution. The way out, he suggested, was early elections as soon as possible. Mr Filip and fellow opposition party leader Bohuslav Sobotka both voiced support for early elections when they met with the president at the weekend. Mr Zeman appears intent on naming a caretaker cabinet, at the very least to fulfil an election promise to end the Nečas government. Mr Zeman said on Czech Radio at the weekend that his more than three million voters would “not be disappointed”.

Author: Jan Velinger