by Norwegian Chef
Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 03:49:39 AM EST
Like two lone kings on a chess board, each trying desperately to win, the two main Czech political leaders, Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Civic Democrats (ODS) and Jiri Paroubek, Prime Minister and leader the Social Democrats (CSSD), have each tried a myriad of ways to check mate the other and to form a new Government. However, with the result of the June 2-3 election giving the two coalitions each 100 seats in the 200 seat house, both leaders have simply been endlessly running around the chess board unable to do anything more than dance around each other.
From the front page ~ whataboutbob
Now the endless battle may move off the chess board to the archery field as the two leaders are suggesting an archery shoot-off. Prague Monitor Article
While this is likey a good joke, one has to start asking how long the Czechs can endure this virtually leaderless state situation before something has to give.
Each day the papers are filled with stories saying that President Klaus will ask either leader to form government. Meanwhile there are endless contortions and convolutions by the 3 minor coalition partners, the Greens and Christian Democrats who are linked with the Right of Centre ODS and the Communists who are linked to the Left of Centre CSSD.
President Klaus, former ODS Prime Minister, is using this to his full advantage to try to prop up his own lagging popularity. The Greens who one would think would be Left of Centre are here fairly Right of Centre having recently purged their ranks of lefties in an intraparty split before the June elections. Although the Greens are rumored to be considering a bolt to the CSSD, they have not done so yet.
One would think, out of national interest, that a new election would be called by this time, but the protracted struggle seems to be in too many people's interest including the President for that to happen.
Now the issue of the Czech Republic's involvement in the US anti-missile plan is flaring up and further dividing the two sides. Although it would be interesting to see how the Greens could be in a Government that supports a US Anti-Missile Base on Czech soil. But the World is a crazy place these days.
So on it goes, and the Czechs are entering their 3rd month with no effective government.