Gazdík says TOP 09 backs Schwarzenberg for president
The head of the deputies club for the coalition party TOP 09, Petr Gazdík, has told the daily Právo that the party is backing Karel Schwarzenberg as an obvious candidate to run for president if direct elections are introduced in the Czech Republic. This week the Chamber of Deputies passed a proposal for the president to be elected by direct vote in the future in a first reading; under the current system the Czech head-of-state is elected in a joint-session of the Senate and the lower house. Mr Gazdík stressed in his interview with Právo that his party would back changes to the election system regardless of whether presidential powers will be changed or left the same. Mr Schwarzenberg, TOP 09’s leader as well as foreign minister, has not yet confirmed he will run, although in past interviews he has expressed an interest.