Even before the debate, the prime minister said it is not up to him to find a solution to a disputed situation. “According to Mr. President [Klaus], that will have to be found by someone else who can show his abilities,” he said.
Mirek TopolÃ¡nek announced that he takes his task of forming a new government very seriously. If I am not successful, I will resign as chairman of the party,” he promised. “We will urge the meeting team, I will discuss this with the President, and I will not rule out even the Social Democrats. The main thing is that we we solve the situation,” he said.
Presidential spokesman Ladislav Jakl said that VÃ¡clav Klaus will not entrust TopolÃ¡nek with forming a goverment. He will only start post-election meetings and further steps will start to get clearer,” Jakl said on a discussion on TV Prima.
ODS Deputy Chairman Petr NeÄas on Monday on ÄŒRo1-RadioÅ¾urnÃ¡l announced that if ÄŒSSD as a whole stands behind Paroubek’s casting of doubt on the elections, a grand coalition, for example, is essentially ruled out.
BursÃk: Opposition is necessary
Leaders of parliamentary parties again rejected the Communists’ proposal for a government of national unity in which all parliamentary parties would be represented.
“For every nation it is good to have an opposition. It is important because of checks on the government. This especially for the Czech Republic, where there is a high amount of clientelism and corruption. A government of national unity would be a government where franchises are divided, and that is for us unthinkable, explained Green Party Chairman Martin BursÃk.
Representatives of ODS, KDU-ÄŒSL and the Greens have previously said that any cooperation with the communists will not be considered.
Paroubek: TopolÃ¡nek should meet with KSÄŒM as well
According to JiÅ™Ã Paroubek, Mirek TopolÃ¡nek as the erstwhile winner of the elections, should debate with all, meaning with the Communists as well. “Our policy isn’t founded on cheap anti-Communism, but on principles of freedom and democracy, so we will of course not meet with the Communists,” the ODS leader said.
“At this time I can’t imagine it. Not even for a single moment,” the prime minister said when asked the question of whether ÄŒSSD would support TopolÃ¡nek’s government. He added that it depends on which program announcements the Civic Democrats would come with.
Kalousek: Svoboda wanted to apologize for his own lack of success
KDU-ÄŒSL Chairman Miroslav Kalousek refused to answer the question of whether he would step down due to a lack of success in the elections. On Saturday he was called on to do so indirectly by Deputy Chairman Cyril Svoboda.
“It is now our responsibility to meet on the future of the Czech Republic. Nobody can expect us to resolve internal party questions,” Kalousek said. He marked Cyril Svoboda’s comments as amusing. “The foreign minister failed to make five percent in Prague. I understand that he would need to apologize somehow,” Kalousek said.
KSÄŒM leader VojtÄ›ch Filip said he offered his post to the party’s central committee, but it refused his resignation.
Leaders refused to draw MPs over
All leaders agreed that they were convinced of their parliamentary clubs’ unity. They ruled out MPs’ crossing over to other political parties as a possible solution to the deadlocked situation.
“I can guarantee that the club I have in the Parliament is a solid team, Martin BursÃk announced. “I don’t doubt that ODS will try it, but I don’t expect that the entire club would act un-self-preserving, JiÅ™Ã Paroubek opined.