Presidential candidate Jan Švejnar launches campaign
Presidential candidate Jan Švejnar will launch his election campaign on Wednesday, roughly a month before the election. The Czech-born, US-based economist, nominated by the opposition Social Democrats and the coalition Greens, is currently the only other candidate to run against the incumbent Václav Klaus. Mr Švejnar will begin his tour of the Czech Republic in Zlín, central Moravia, before visiting other towns and cities to hold public rallies as well as meetings with local MPs and senators. In the Czech constitutional system, the successful candidate needs a majority of votes in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies consisting of 281 lawmakers.