Prime Minister Nečas moves to try and break coalition deadlock
The on-going crisis within the Czech government has come to a point where a mere meeting of coalition leaders might be a significant step ahead. After President Václav Klaus refused to accept the proposed changes to the cabinet until he was told exactly how things would proceed, Prime Minister Petr Nečas gave way and convened an informal meeting of Civic Democrat, TOP 09 and Public Affairs leaders for Wednesday night that should come up with ways of breaking the deadlock within the coalition. Radio Prague spoke to commentator Erik Best, and asked him whether he thought this could bring the crisis to an end.
“What Prime Minister Nečas would like to do is to have a free hand in naming whomever he wants, which technically he’s allowed to do according to the constitution. But Václav Klaus is using the opportunity to really push the bounds of the constitution.”
The Interior Ministry seems to be the core of the dispute. Public Affairs said they would under no condition give it up. At the same time PM Nečas again stressed that Public Affairs could no longer control it. Do you think this might be the point of no return for the coalition?
What do you think caused all this? Some commentators pointed out that regardless of how appalled the leaders of the other two coalition parties might be over the alleged business plan, revealed last week by one of the Czech dailies showing Public Affairs was established as some sort of political division of the security firm ABL, the other political parties have been doing the same for years, but just did not talk about it as openly as Public Affairs leader Vít Bárta. What do you think of that?