Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček (CSSD) resigned from the Prague candidate for social democracy for this year’s parliamentary elections. On Monday, the CSSD in the capital asked the party leadership to take the first place of Labor Minister Jana Maláčová (CSSD). Petříček wrote on Wednesday that she would not be on the candidate list because her democratic work was disrupted. He also criticizes “massive trading with votes and the distribution of newsagents” in public administration in exchange for loyalty. The chairman of the CSSD, Jan Hamáček, said that the democratic party should also include the fact that the unelected are pulling the same rope with the elected.
The procedure of the Prague organization CSSD is criticized by its boss Petr Pavlík or MP Petr Dolínek, who is preparing an appeal against it. They point out that district organizations in Prague had to nominate candidates by mid-March. However, Maláčová, as well as former Green leader Matěj Stropnický or former Minister of Health Miloslav Ludvík, was proposed by Prague 4 only after the April Congress, where Hamáček defended the position of CSSD leader against Petříček. According to Pavlík, the proposal for their candidacy in the capital is in conflict with the rules for the preparation of elections.
Petříček wrote that he is leaving the candidate after mature consideration, because he cannot agree with what is happening within the party. “I do not intend to withdraw from the CSSD in any case, but I will not be a member of this controversial Prague candidate in this year’s elections,” he said. According to him, the voting of the Prague leadership grossly disrupted the proper preparation of the candidate. “In the democratic party, it is up to the members to decide, not the narrow leadership and a handful of officials,” he said.
Hamáček wrote that the CSSD is a democratic party not only by its name. “Democracy includes not only the choice of leadership and candidates for the election, but also respect for the fact that someone else succeeds in the election. the success of the CSSD, not its own, “he said.
According to Petříček, the CSSD must be represented by trustworthy people with moral integrity. “Therefore, I cannot agree that with the support of the party leadership, there is now a massive trade in votes within the CSSD and the distribution of newsagents in public administration in exchange for loyalty,” he said. He also criticizes the fact that people such as former governor Michal Hašek and Pavel Jaroš, who in recent months have become deputies at the ministries of the interior and foreign affairs, are “pushing” into office. “By no means do I intend to assist in this. I am fundamentally convinced that the Social Democracy should offer something better,” Petříček stated.
According to him, the CSSD leadership should also not “close its eyes” to the cases surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), which, according to him, are escalating. “The management ignores the obvious giant conflict of interest and apparently does not intend to do anything until the elections that would at least partially mitigate the effects of these cases on the Czech Republic and its people,” he said. Petříček added that in such a case he could not defend the current policy of social democracy before the voters.
News of the intention to replace Petříček as a candidate appeared after the then minister failed with the candidacy for the head of the CSSD against Hamáček. Shortly after the April congress, Hamáček recalled Petříček from the head of diplomacy. He justified this by saying that the CSSD must act in a unified and comprehensible manner before the elections, with both candidates offering too different visions.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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