Hamáček in Zeman’s lift. Vendetta in the Prague CSSD continues the wild ride outside the parliament

News that Jan Hamáček would try to remove Petříček from the position of leader of the Prague candidate for the Chamber of Deputies after the Congress of the CSSD, where he defended the post of chairman, was heard in April. His opponent in the fight for the presidency, who found himself in the disfavor of Miloš Zeman, then quickly ended up in the foreign ministry.

Zeman’s work

“I think that President Hamáček will prefer the interests of our state to narrow party interests,” Zeman forecast Petříček’s fate in mid-March. “It is shortly before the election and it will benefit any government to replace less successful ministers in time,” he added, and the old-new head of the CSSD listened to his wishes. The “less successful” ministers in the president’s submission are probably not very empathetic to the interests of Russia and China.

Hamáček’s intervention into the already approved candidate is another continuation of the vendetta with the aim of erasing Petříček from politics. This hostile duel between “friends,” as members within the party are familiarly addressed, staggering between three to four percent of preferences, can help complete the debacle of all.

Specific signals that a swearing was planned in the Prague CSSD appeared in mid-June. Its presidency accepted a proposal for a drastic change of candidate, now approved by Hamáček’s leadership. This should only be a formality, as Hamáček, himself elected by a narrow majority, cleared the space of his opponents.

Heavy caliber Maláčová?

The head of the CSSD promoted the place of Petříček as the leader of the seemingly heavy caliber, the loyal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová. But appearances are deceptive. The Prague audience will hardly hear about its plans dramatically threatening the stability of public finances, already disrupted by its colleague in the government Alena Schillerová.

In Prague, paradoxically, Petříček could score more points for some of the center-left city liberals, but he leaves the candidate himself after being moved to seventh place. Maláčová is too tied to Hamáček, discredited by ridiculous dances around the alleged cover-up to Moscow. The current head of the CSSD has so far achieved the worst results in the party’s post-November history in all elections, and the Castle is in the hands of practically everything.

However, this does not end the changes of the Prague candidate. Former chairman of the Green Party Matěj Stropnický should appear in second place, and former minister of health and unsuccessful Senate candidate Miloslav Ludvík, also close to Zeman, should appear in fifth place.

Unclear maneuvers of Stropnický

The inclusion of Matěj Stropnický is a surprise, although he has not yet made a complete decision. When he left the Greens a year ago, he justified the move by the serious need to change the system. He does not believe that his former colleagues are striving for this radical change, and he does not want to “participate in this fraud”.

“I no longer want to stand on the side of the power, financial, property and intellectual elites, even on the grounds that I will do everything I can to ensure that saving the planet – from themselves – does not further worsen the living conditions of others. I do not believe that the green movement can achieve this, “Stropnický declared at the time. Where the certainty that the disintegrating CSSD, collaborating with oligarchic structures and influential agrolobby, will better fulfill its ideas, remains a mystery.

Even more complicated, however, this purge took place against its own rules. The chairman of the Prague CSSD, Petr Pavlík, pointed out that the change of candidate, pushed by Hamáček’s “clique around Deputy Foreign Minister Jaroš” by a majority vote, is in conflict with all internal rules. Maláčová, Stropnický and Ludvík did not go through the primaries, which ended on March 18. Petříček’s supporters do not accept this procedure and appeal to the presidency.

Farce as in a holding company

However, one can suspect that this will be a futile step, as evidenced by Petr Pavlík’s expectations. “It is, of course, possible that the pre-set rules and articles of association will eventually leave only strips of paper and the primary elections will turn into a farce through the fault of the party leadership, which will not interfere with practice within the holding and similar undemocratic movements,” he said.

A similar power move from above was made by Hamáček before last year’s regional elections in the Ústí nad Labem region. He practically canceled the local candidate and built a new one, where the local businessman and backstage player Petr Benda from the Paroubek era appeared in fourth place.

At that time, 34 Social Democrats terminated their membership in protest. Hamáček faced criticism, among other things, for Bend’s recent past, when, after leaving the CSSD, he repeatedly ran for the extremist Workers’ Party of Social Justice, even as its Ústí nad Labem leader in the Chamber of Deputies.

“If he slipped like this once and is willing to admit it, then I don’t see a fundamental problem in that. The CSSD used to have thirty percent in the Ústí nad Labem region, now it has around five percent. I’d rather get people there who made the thirty percent there, “Hamáček responded at the time. But his candidate burned completely with a gain of 3.16 percent of the vote.

The head of the Social Democracy strengthens controversial staff such as Petr Benda and Michal Hašek, whom he called to the service of his deputy. He bets everything on one card that overtaking President Zeman will help him before falling into the political abyss. In fact, it is straining internal cohesion above a tolerable level and is doing everything in its power to end up in parliament as in the regional elections in the Ústí nad Labem region.

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