The Czech government is giving up plans to take legal steps to ban the country's Communist Party for its hardline positions and links to the former regime that executed hundreds of political prisoners.

Interior Minister Jan Kubice said Wednesday that expert analyses have concluded there are no legal grounds for banning the party.

In the Czech Republic, only the Supreme Administrative Court could rule to ban a political party at the government's request.

Unlike most other communist parties in Eastern Europe that have joined the left-wing mainstream, the Czech Communist Party has maintained its hardline stance. Some consider it a threat to the Czech Republic's democracy.