ČSSD calls for no-confidence vote after election

Martina Macková
8. 9. 2008 18:05
Social Democrats want to introduce Code of Ethics
Social Democratic leader Jiří Paroubek
Social Democratic leader Jiří Paroubek | Foto: Attila Racek

Prague - Inspired by Silvio Berlusconi´s 29 shots to bring down the cabinet of Romano Prodi in Italy, Jiří Paroubek is planning yet another no-confidence vote for Prime Minister Topolánek's government.

But not before the regional elections in October. Meanwhile, the Social Democrats are urging voters not to vote for the Civic Democrats (ODS).

Social Democrats see the regional elections as a plebiscite on the government's "anti-social" reforms and privatization of the healthcare system, but also on the problem of "dirty dealings" so rife among Czech MPs, the latest being the scandal of Civic Democratic MP Jan Morava.

The last no-confidence vote took place in April 2008.

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Politics is no Sunday School

"We are not interested in the power struggle in parliament; we want the citizens to decide," ČSSD chairman Jiří Parobek said. This is part of the reason why he is calling for the no-confidence vote only after the regional elections are over.

"I understand that politics is no Sunday School [meaning you can't take it lightly], yet enough is enough. Morava's behavior is not an isolated incident or failure. ČSSD has been attacked by prefabricated scandals a number of times," Paroubek said, mentioning as an example the so-called Kubice affair.

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Topolánek is to blame

According to Paroubek, MP Morava's case makes it evident how the center-right government coalition had managed to gain support of two Social Democratic lawmakers, Miloš Melčák and Michal Pohanka, popularly known as "turn-coats" these days.  

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"Now we are witnessing the work of Topolánek's group live. The coalition has brought Czech politics to the most unethical state possible. The responsible parties are PM Mirek Topolánek and head of the Civic Democratic parliamentary club Petr Tluchoř. They better take personal responsibility for this and leave politics," Paroubek claims.

Ethical codex for politicians

Also, Social Democrats asked private TV NOVA that first brought the Morava case to release all video material they have acquired related to the scandal and are urging the police to begin investigating the case.

The party is mulling an introduction of a Code of Ethics for Czech MPs that would make sure children of politicians are excluded from political battles, that would ban so called "turn-coats" and establish a "presumption of guilt" for politicians.

"We are prepared to adhere to it, unilaterally," Paroubek promised.

 

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