Czech Social Democrat leader says Prague backs coalition

Czech Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček says the party’s Prague membership appears to be in favour of taking part in a minority coalition government with ANO. Hamáček’s comments followed a meeting with party leaders on Wednesday. He added that the Prague atmosphere reflected that in other regions.

Hamáček has backed being the junior party in a coalition dominated by the ANO party of Andrej Babiš and supported by the communist party in parliament. But the final decision will be taken during a referendum of the party membership which will be completed in June.

Hamáček on Thursday is expected to communicate the names of the party’s proposed Cabinet ministers to president Miloš Zeman. The future foreign minister is tipped to be influential Prague party member and member of the European Parliament Miroslav Poche.