Bohuslav Sobotka backed by party to form coalition government
The Czech Social Democratic Party’s (ČSSD) Central Executive Committee (UVV) met yesterday and decided to support party leader Bohuslav Sobotka in a battle that has been running over the past few weeks as to who will head negotiations to form a new government.
The ČSSD won the general election on 25th/26th October but unconvincingly and were left needing to work with at least two other parties to form a coalition government. However Sobotka had been criticised for the poor performance of the party in the election and attempts had been made to oust him as the head of the coalition government negotiating team.
Sobotka decided to call a meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the party to resolve the matter and yesterday’s outcome means the party will continue to back him as the lead negotiator and nominee for the prime ministerial post.
The centre-left ČSSD negotiating team are now expected to meet with the centre-right Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) and the centrist Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU–ČSL) later today. If they can build a coalition with these two parties then a future coalition government will have 111 of the 200 seats in the lower house.