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President gives nod to center-left leader to form coalition

Global Post |
12 November 2013

Czech President Miloš Zeman said on Monday he would probably ask Bohuslav Sobotka, leader of the center-left Social Democratic Party, to negotiate with other groupings about forming a coalition government.

Czech leftist party gives leader Sobotka mandate to form cabinet

Reuters |
11 November 2013

Czech centre-left Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka won a strong mandate from his party on Sunday to try to form a government with two centrist parties following an early election two weeks ago. The nearly unanimous vote by the party's 180-strong leadership puts to rest a rebellion by several of Sobotka's underlings, who had tried to dump the chairman after the party won the election with a poorer-than-expected 20.5% of the vote.

Social Democrat leaders resign after failed 'putsch'

The Wall Street Journal |
11 November 2013

Political chaos in the Czech Republic appeared to have subsided on Friday after rebels resigned from the leadership of the country's Social Democratic Party, clearing the way for the party's leader to seek the nomination as prime minister and build a left-leaning cabinet.

Non-voters elect the majority and fail to show the middle finger (By Tomáš Sedláček)

Prague Connect |
5 November 2013

The fact that our country has a broken leg does not mean we conceive hatred for her. The fact that we are disappointed in politics does not mean that we do not have the opportunity to express our opinions.

Social Democrats' "putsch" fizzles out as rebels climb down

Radio Prague |
1 November 2013

On Thursday, the Social Democrat leadership – including his now humbled opponents – confirmed Mr Sobotka as the party's chief negotiator for coalition talks. Michal Hašek then apologised for having lied to the public, and said he would consider stepping down as deputy party chair.

Czech left leader gains ground in post-election party row

Global Post |
30 October 2013

Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka gained ground on Tuesday against rivals trying to depose him as party chief and candidate for prime minister, after an unconvincing election win last weekend. Sobotka said he would call a session of the powerful 190-strong central committee, the highest party body other than a congress, for November 10 to settle scores after what he called an attempted coup.

ČSSD calls on Sobotka to quit after disappointing Czech election

Deutsche Welle |
29 October 2013

A nonbinding vote by the ČSSD's leadership went 20 to 13 to call on party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka, thought Sunday morning to be the Czech Republic's likely next prime minister, to quit after the party won only 20.5% of the vote. ČSSD deputy chairman Michal Hašek, an ally of center-left President Miloš Zeman, has led the coup effort. Sobotka has refused to step down as leader, insisting his party "took the wrong decision."

Social Democrats look to protest party to form government

Reuters |
29 October 2013

The Social Democrats will look to new centrist party ANO to help form a government after narrowly winning a Czech election that punished the establishment for sleaze and budget cuts, their party leader said on Sunday.

Czech voters opt for leftist Social Democrats and novice populist

Deutsche Welle |
29 October 2013

Czech voters angered by years of political graft and budget cuts have handed the opposition Social Democrats a weak mandate to form a government. A media magnate who heads a new centrist party has emerged as kingmaker.

Left leader to start gov't talks despite party revolt

Reuters |
29 October 2013

ČSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka said on Monday he would start talks with centrists on forming a government despite the fact that his own party ejected him from its negotiating team after a poor election result.

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