Rejected would-be candidates for president taking legal action

Two of the people whose applications to stand for president were rejected have taken complaints to the Supreme Administrative Court. Businessman Karel Diviš says that the Ministry of the Interior failed to count the number of signatures he submitted correctly and wrongly rejected others. Mr. Diviš was 116 names short of reaching the required 50,000 signatures.

Another would-be candidate, entrepreneur Karel Janeček, filed a complaint on similar grounds on Wednesday.

Nine people met the criteria to run for head of state, with seven basing their applications on the support of legislators.

Author: Ian Willoughby