It may seem an unthinkable question to ask due to the dark cloud that floated above Czechoslovakia during their communist regime, yet the KSCM (Communist Party of Moravia and Bohemia) has, in recent times, gained more support and publicity.
A brief overview of the history from mid 20th century will give context to this article. In 1946 the Communist Party won office, and then in 1968 saw the ‘Prague Spring’, led by Alexander Dubček, who tried to gain political liberalization from the Soviet Union for the country. In 1989 was the Velvet Revolution, which was the anti-communist regime and in 1993 was the creation of what is known today as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
A public hero and inspiration for the Czechs was Vaclav Havel, the first Post-Communist Czech President. His achievements for the country included the transition to democracy, free market and the overseeing of the split with Slovakia. After his death in 2011, the country fell into national mourning. He was such an icon in the Czech Republic because of his anti-communistic politics. He was replaced by the second President, Vaclav Klaus. It is rumoured that he won this position only because of votes from the Communist Party in Parliament.
After two terms as President, Klaus was voted out of office in Presidential elections in January 2013. His successor is the third President Milos Zeman (Party of Civic Rights). The reason this is important to note is because not long after he was elected into office he called for a parliamentary election because the current coalition government Necas ODS is under political strain.
Under such conditions, if there was to be a parliamentary election, it is believed that the Social Democratic Party (CSSD) would come out top-with 30.5% of the vote but in order to hold a majority government they would have to form a coalition.
A poll, carried out in May 2012 suggests that the favoured partner of the CSSD would be the Communist Party (KSCM) with 2/5 Czech’s favouring this political coalition. Furthermore, the Deputy Chairman of the Social Democrats, Lubomir Zaoralek, told Czech Radio that the Communists remained “the only possible partner”.
“Their program resembles our own and some of their representatives have even spoken quite reasonably in public”, Zaoralek explained. More recently a survey in January 2013 concluded that 46% of people questioned, thought that the current system that is exercised is better than the communist regime.
The Communist Party of Moravia and Bohemia (KSCM) are currently the second largest opposition party in Parliament (holding 26 seats) and in recent local/regional elections they won or created coalitions in ten of the thirteen regions. Based on these results it is seen that the KSCM now commands around 20% of the votes.
With the elections for a new government being held next year (2014) there would have to be legislative changes for the CSSD to be allowed to form a coalition with the KSCM. This is because under current governmental law no government can be seen to be co-operating with the Communist Party. This 1995 ban that was introduced would have to be lifted and removed.
Will the Czech Republic ever go back to a communistic regime or is the KSCM simply gaining support because of the unhappiness with the current coalition government? It seems that the next general election could and probably will act as a key turning point in the Czech Republic’s political ideology and leadership. http://world-outline.com/2013/03/czech-republ...