Czech PM Hints New Government Supported by Social Democrats, Communists

  • Petr Boháček
  • 22.2.2018 11:08

Czech Prime Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babis considers a minority government with the Social Democrats (CSSD) and silent support from the Communists (KSCM) the only option following a meeting with the two parties on 21 February.

After other parties rejected to cooperate with the populist election winner due to the investigation of PM’s alleged €1.9 million EU subsidy fraud, ANO negotiated with KSCM and SPD and relied on them to occupy key Parliament posts. Babis now rejected governing with the Communists or far-right anti-migrant SPD or their calls for a referendum on EU membership. Following the rejection of ANO’s first attempt to form a minority government on 17 January, the populist party restarted talks with the Social Democrats, after they elected its new leader, moderate former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Jan Hamacek, who, unlike his predecessor, is open to working with Babis - himself a former member of the Czechoslovak Communist party and confirmed agent of the Czechoslovak Secret police StB. The silent support of KSCM could be guaranteed by several Deputy Minister positions, including at the Defence Ministry – raising fears due to the Communists’ inclinations to Russia, China and hard opposition to NATO or the EU.

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