Centre-right parties unwilling to let top Parliament post go to Social Democrats


The three centre-right parties who are working to form the country’s next government have signaled an unwillingness to leave the post of speaker of the lower house to the Social Democrats. At a meeting in Prague on Wednesday the three parties argued that the top post in the lower house should go to the parties which have a majority there. This goes against established tradition according to which the post of lower house speaker goes to the strongest opposition party. The acting leader of the Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, said his party deserved to be given the post in view of the fact that it won the elections and had the largest group of deputies in the lower chamber.