Leftist Czech political parties are in seventh heaven. Opinion polls conducted by the major agencies all put the Social Democrats (ČSSD) well in front should parliamentary elections be held now (and a third of the Senate seats are up in the autumn). The Communist Party (KSČM), meanwhile, is also gaining ground, ready to bank on attracting protest voters uninterested in its ideology – all the way to second place.
Former Social Democrat (ČSSD) health minister and shadow spokesman David Rath has been held by police who are apparently probing the case of a suspected Kč 12 million paid in bribes. The case could damage the fortunes of the party which has been riding high in the polls.