If Fiala gives in to Zeman, she will end up as Babiš – World – News

Miloš Zeman appoints ODS leader Petr Fiala as prime minister on November 26. However, political scientist Lubomír Kopeček stated for Pravda that the head of state is also delaying the process of the new government. “Hospitals are full of hospitals in the country and rising energy prices are a problem. It is therefore difficult to say in what state the new government will take over the Czech Republic, “said an expert from Masaryk University.

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ODS chief Petr Fiala is set to become the new Czech prime minister on November 26.

Given the presidents’ approach to politics, it is perhaps not surprising that Zeman has reservations about the name of one minister who is to become a member of the government. It should be the head of the foreign department nominated by Pirates Jan Lipavský. How do you perceive this attitude of the president? What do you expect from the future Prime Minister of Fiala and the coalition, which consists of ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09, Mayors and Pirates?

In 1998, Prime Minister Miloš Zeman presented the list of ministers to the then President Václav Havel. The head of state was not happy with the two currencies. Zeman responded that he would not make any personnel changes in this regard, and if the president wanted to veto someone, it would be unconstitutional. And it would most likely be unconstitutional. The president could only do this if he had an extraordinary reason to do so. If, for example, he knew of something that would make it impossible for a candidate to hold office, and the prime minister would have no idea. There is a parliamentary regime in the Czech Republic. If the president decided to veto the minister just like that, it would be unconstitutional in my opinion. Of course, in the case of Zeman, we are already used to a certain practice. The new governing coalition has only one option. It must insist on the candidates submitted.

What would happen otherwise?

If he does not do so, he will find himself in a similarly special situation as the government of Andrej Babiš. His cabinet basically functioned in a slightly subordinate position to the president. A new coalition led by Prime Minister Fiala would make it impossible for Zeman to make concessions at the outset. The only sensible solution now is that she should try to convince the President that he has no right to do so. In addition, the Czech Republic is in a situation where the covid pandemic is spreading again. The country quickly needs a new government, and the coalition should explain this to the head of state. If Fiala starts debating the change of minister, he will cause a huge problem. If someone finally vetoed a candidate for the Pirates, that could be a reason why they wouldn’t even join the government in the end. That would be a dangerous scenario for the coalition. She doesn’t have as much leverage for the president, but she has a parliamentary majority.

Can the coalition threaten the president with revocation?

I can imagine that it would put the pressure on Article 66 of the Constitution back into play. Thus, the possibility of temporary deprivation of power of the head of state. Zeman can say whatever he wants at the moment. No one is stopping him. However, when presented to him by the government, he can reject it as a whole, but he cannot choose one name. Doing so would, in my view, create room for the activation of Article 66.

Is Lipavský a suitable candidate for Minister of Foreign Affairs?

Frankly, I think President Zeman was looking for someone who would be a suitable victim of such pressure. The person of the candidate himself is less important than the fact that the head of state tried to find someone to focus on within the proposed composition. It is likely that in another case it would be the nominee for the Pirates, who are currently the weakest member of the coalition. In this sense, it is being offered directly to the president. It can be seen that Zeman is going through a successful convalescence. I guess that’s how I would describe it.

You have already mentioned the worsening pandemic situation, and there are other major challenges. When you look at Fial’s government lineup, how quickly after taking office could it effectively manage the country?

The problem is that the president is delaying the new government. See it at the deadlines he talks about. The premiere was not appointed until November 26, and apparently there is a coalition that has agreed on government cooperation. After that, the president wants to talk to the ministerial candidates for another 10 days. We can therefore expect the government to be appointed in almost mid-December. There are hospitals in the country and rising energy prices are also a problem. Babiš’s government in resignation will probably not avoid declaring a state of emergency at least somewhere. However, it is questionable how well it will be able to supervise compliance with the rules. It is therefore difficult to say in what state the new government will take over the Czech Republic.


Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.

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