In related news, leaders from the leftist opposition are meeting with Mr Zeman on Saturday: the Social Democrats and the Communists are expected to renew their call for early elections. Polls suggest that those would most favour the opposition Social Democrats; according to a survey released on Friday, their rivals the Civic Democrats would face an historic defeat if the elections were held now. Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes suggests that the president on Tuesday could confer the task of forming a new government to Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka. He, however, made clear earlier that he would turn down such an offer. The Social Democrats want to form the next government based on election results.
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