Communists nominate Jana Bobošíková as their candidate for president
The Communist Party has nominated its own candidate for the presidential ballot. Just hours before the nomination deadline for the second presidential election, the party leadership said that MEP Jana Bobošíková has what it takes to be the next Czech president. But what are the new presidential candidate’s prospects and the overall impact of her nomination in the tight presidential race?
“I believe that my chances are not too high at the moment; but it is Wednesday afternoon now and I don’t know what might happen before Friday’s vote. Every presidential candidate under the Czech constitutional system is at the mercy of the electors so I am in a situation where others decide about me.”
Ms Bobošíková’s nomination by the communists was also criticized by the opposition Social Democrats. With the communist votes going to Ms Bobošíková in Friday’s first round of voting, Václav Klaus might be the only candidate to advance into the second round which would put him very close to re-election. Jan Hamáček is a Social Democrat MP.
“It is surprising in a way because the communist party criticized Mr Švejnar for his political views, and then they decided to nominate Ms Bobošíková who is even further away from the communist view of the world. I believe this is an attempt to stir things up but I think that as a consequence, the communists will open the door for the re-election of Mr Klaus.”