Czech Communists to support minority government in confidence vote

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-01 02:09:01|Editor: Chengcheng
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Prague, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Czech Communists (KSCM) decided that it will support the coalition minority government in the confidence vote of the Chamber of Deputies, said KSCM leader Vojtech Filip after the party's leadership meeting on Saturday.

Filip said the KSCM deputies will actively support the formation of the minority government of the ANO and the Social Democrats (CSSD) in the confidence vote. The government policy statement includes all the seven priorities that KSCM set as its conditions for the negotiations.

CSSD Chairman Jan Hamacek declared the decision of KSCM as responsible to the state. ANO deputy chairman Richard Brabec said he is glad at the decision that the Communists would tolerate the government was eventually made.

Filip said the Communists now wants to sign the tolerance deal with the ANO negotiators. KSCM leadership wanted to add some points to the deal. According to Filip, the additions only wanted to secure that the KSCM seven priorities would be properly discussed and met six months before the end of the current election period at the latest.

The seven program conditions set by the Communists are that the government pushes through a general referendum bill, raises the minimum wage, imposes a tax financial compensation paid to churches for unreturned property, and protects the country's natural resources, especially water sources and raw material deposits. The KSCM also wants pensions to be further indexed, construction of municipal flats boosted, rent increases prevented and quality healthcare without patients' rising financial participation to be preserved.

Filip dismissed the information that the KSCM demanded posts in state-controlled firms in exchange for its support for the government.

A confidence vote in the government will be held at the session of the Chamber of Deputies on July 11. To win the confidence vote, the coalition government needs a majority support in the 200-seat lower house. ANO has 78 seats and CSSD has 15 seats, therefore they rely on support from the 15 MPs of the KSCM.