New centre-left cabinet taking shape
Two months after the country’s general elections the Czech Republic looks set to get a new government. The Social Democrats, ANO and the Christian Democratic Party are poised to sign a coalition deal on a centre-left administration headed by the Social Democrat leader, Bohuslav Sobotka.
His party’s lackluster performance in the elections meant that compromise would be the name of the game in striking a deal with his two potential partners in government –and both played their cards to their best advantage. ANO won a big concession in getting the Social Democrats to abandon their plans to raise taxes, at least until 2015, and the Christian Democrats demanded and eventually got the agriculture ministry, much against the two stronger parties’ wishes, after threatening to walk out of the coalition if they were thwarted.
Under the coalition agreement, which is to be signed on January 6th, the Social Democrats will get eight ministerial posts, ANO six and the Christian Democrats three. The line-up of the new government is slowly emerging with ANO and the Christian Democrats already having said who they want for what post.
Bohuslav Sobotka said his own party’s nominations would be unveiled soon and he hinted at the last potential hurdle in the process.
“Our candidates for ministers will be fully qualified to deal with whatever portfolio they have been assigned. I do not think that the president will have any reason to voice reservations to the cabinet line-up.”