Social Democrats say some decisions at key party meeting might be delayed till May

The leadership of the Social Democrat Party has suggested that parts of the special meeting to be convened on February 18 in Hradec Králové be closed to the public and journalists.

The meeting is expected to elect a new leadership after disastrous results in October’s parliamentary elections where they won just 15 seats. It should also discuss whether and on what terms to negotiate over joining a government lead by ANO leader Andrej Babiš. Saturday’s meeting of party leaders even suggested that parts of the agenda of the meeting be postponed until May.

Outgoing prime minister Babiš has stalled partnership talks with the Social Democrats until after the Hradec Králové meeting in the hope that the internal party situation becomes clearer.