Former intelligence head to run for president

Karel Randák, the former head of Czech counter-intelligence, has confirmed his intention to run for the post of Czech president. Mr Randák said as a single individual he did not have enough opportunities to combat corruption in the Czech Republic; he added that he would discontinue his membership of the board of businessman Karel Janeček’s anti-corruption fund. The former intelligence chief said that along with collecting signatures, he would address independent senators. He will need either to secure support from members of Parliament or at least 50,000 signatures. More than 20 candidates have now announced they are running; numerous polls have placed former interim prime minister Jan Fischer and former Social Democrat prime minister Miloš Zeman at the forefront.

Author: Jan Velinger