Sobotka becomes 11th Czech PM since 93…but how long will he last?
Bohuslav Sobotka was due to become prime minister on Friday, the Czech Republic's 11th since the country became independent in 1993. Mr Sobotka, who leads the leftist Social Democrats, is currently putting the finishing touches to a three-party coalition, but the question on everyone's lips is will this government be any more stable than previous ones?
For now his party colleagues sound optimistic that their chairman does have it takes to lead a government and a country. Libor Rouček is a leading Social Democrat MEP.
“I personally do hope that this government will be successful, will be stable. Because it’s exactly what the country needs. Four years of stability, to concentrate on reforms, and move forwards.”
Looking at Mr Sobotka himself, I think even you as his party colleague would agree he’s not a man who rules with an iron fist, he’s not an incredibly strong leader, someone who’s really charismatic. Do you think he has what it takes to be prime minister of this country for four years?
But some commentators are less convinced. Petr Just is a lecturer in political science at Prague's Metropolitan University.
“Usually the main problem which appears to be a coalition breaker are the internal affairs of a coalition party. It’s not so much the interaction between the coalition parties, it’s usually the problems within the political party. So actually we can never rule out the situation that a political crisis, political instability will appear, even if we have a government which is backed by 111 members of parliament.”