Czech Communists call on their people in Duchcov to end governing coalition with ultra-right
The chair of the Ústí Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) said Saturday that he will once again appeal to politicians in Duchcov elected for the party not to form a governing coalition with the right-wing extremist Workers' Social Justice Party (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti - DSSS). Vojtěch Filip informed the Czech News Agency of the decision during a session of the KSČM Central Committee.
Of the four people elected in Duchcov for the KSČM, only one is a party member, according to Filip. Oldřich Bubeníček, who chairs the Regional Committee and is Governor of Ústí Region, will be trying to convince all four of the candidates elected not to participate in the local coalition, Filip said.
If the four local politicians decide to remain in the coalition with the DSSS, the KŠCM member there should consider resigning from the party, Filip said. "We do not want a coalition like that, the organizer of that coalition was the Social Democrats," the KSČM chair told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
The Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) closed its local cell in Duchcov on Saturday, which was also part of the local coalition government with the ultra-right. The ČSSD leadership had asked that the cell be closed earlier, but the Regional Committee did not do so.
Bohuslav Sobotka, the ČSSD chair, submitted a proposal to close the local organization in Duchcov at the Central Executive Committee meeting Saturday. The Central Committee of the KSČM did not directly review the situation in Duchcov on Saturday, but Filip told the Czech News Agency that he gave a speech about the danger of the fascisization of society.
The communist leadership expressed itself against the coalition in November."The KSČM thoroughly distances itself from this coalition and recommends its members not to participate in supporting it," the party stated in a declaration at the time.
"The KSČM traditionally gives room to independent candidates on its candidate list and this practice has proven worthwhile in many cases. That is why we regret even more the fact that in Duchcov, non-party members represented on the KSČM list have failed to respect the recommendations of the district organization of the KSČM and have abused the brand of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia and our trust," the party statement read; leadership of the Teplice organization of the KSČM later expressed its disagreement with the coalition government in Duchcov.
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