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Czech SocDems to revisit coalition with ultra-right in Duchcov

Duchcov/Prague, 12.12.2014 20:04, (ROMEA)
On 6 November 2014 the inaugural session of the newly-elected council of the town of Duchcov took place. Three representatives of the right-wing extremist DSSS party are seated on the council (from left to right):   Jindřich Svoboda, Miroslav Toman and Miluše Janoušková. (PHOTO: ČTK)
On 6 November 2014 the inaugural session of the newly-elected council of the town of Duchcov took place. Three representatives of the right-wing extremist DSSS party are seated on the council (from left to right): Jindřich Svoboda, Miroslav Toman and Miluše Janoušková. (PHOTO: ČTK)

The governing body of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) is scheduled to return to the situation in Duchov today, where local party members have created a coalition government with right-wing extremists from the Workers' Social Justice Party (DSSS). Party leadership disagrees with the decision and wants to close the local cell.

However, it has not yet managed to do so. The Ústí Regional Committee of the party met to discuss closing the Duchcov cell and, despite a clear call from Czech Prime Minister and ČSSD chair Bohuslav Sobotka to do so, did not dissolve the local organization.

The party could adopt a recommendation today that its Central Executive Committee meeting take the decision tomorrow to dissolve the Duchcov cell itself. "I intend to propose closing the local organization in Duchcov at the Central Committee session in accordance with our statutes, and I would also like to call on those members of ČSSD who created this coalition with the Workers' Party to leave the ČSSD. Social Democrats are not permitted to have anything to do with such coalitions," Sobotka told journalists yesterday.  

The PM said he believes closing the local organization is the only adequate response. Since 1995, the so-called Bohumín resolution has been in effect for the ČSSD prohibiting collaboration with extremist political parties - of course, "only" at the highest level.

The resolution specifically names the Association for the Republic-Czechoslovak Republican Party, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, the Left Bloc, the Moravian Nationalist Party and the Party of the Democratic Left. The predecessor to the DSSS, the Workers' Party (DS), was not created until 2003.

In 2010 the Supreme Administrative Court met the Czech Government's request to dissolve the DS, finding that the party incorporated chauvinistic and xenophobic elements, had a racist subtext, and was carrying on the National Socialism of Adolf Hitler. Representatives of the dissolved party then created the DSSS. 

ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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ČSSD, DSSS, Politika, Extremism



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