Karel Gott for president?
The presidential elections in the Czech Republic have taken a new twist: a group of musicians has begun an initiative to promote the internationally famous Czech pop singer Karel Gott for president. Their main intention is to highlight the farcical inability of Czech politicians to elect a new head of state.
Karel Gott has sold 27 million records during his forty year-career, and is hugely popular not only in the Czech Republic, but also in other parts of Europe, including Germany and Russia. I spoke to one of the musicians behind the "Karel Gott - president" initiative, rocker Ales Brichta, and asked him: why Karel Gott for president?
"We think that we now have great problems with our politicians. And we mean that the situation now looks like a little tragedy for our nation. And that's why, when we can vote for a president directly, we think that Karel Gott has a good chance to be elected, because he is a person who is well-known not only in our country but also abroad. And that's why he is a person who can represent our state well to all of the world. We think that his name is so well-known to the whole nation that he can be the winner in this presidential campaign."
And how serious is your campaign?
"I mean, it's serious because all of the politics now is not serious. And most of the nation is a little angry that the situation in the parliament is the way it is now. That's why it's not a joke, not some happening. It's our reaction to the situation which now exists in the Czech Republic and in the presidential campaign."
And how has Karel Gott reacted to this?
"Karel Gott has said that if there is a direct vote for the president of our country, he will think about his candidature. And he said that now it is not the time, because now we have no chance to speak about the direct vote. When this situation exists, he will say, OK, I will think about my candidature."