PRAGUE – After the Czech Republic holds an early parliamentary election in the next few days, the maverick Communist Party may get a share of power for the first time since the 1989 Velvet Revolution that toppled 40 years of Communist rule.
The Social Democrats are predicted by polls to become the strongest party after the two-day ballot that begins Friday. Party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka has suggested the best-case scenario would be to form a minority Social Democratic government to rule next four years with a tacit support from the Communists.
Some polls suggest that might become reality.
The Communists say such a government is "a chance" for the country while opponents call it "the most dangerous outcome." Since being ousted in 1989, the Communists have survived several attempts at being banned.