Roithová officially enters presidential race

MEP Zuzana Roithová from the Christian Democrats has officially entered the presidential race by collecting signatures from 50,000 supporters. Her rivals for the post are former prime minister Jan Fischer, another former head of cabinet Miloš Zeman, former MEP Jana Bobošíková,Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg head of the ruling TOP 09 party, Social Democrat Senator Jiří Dienstbier and deputy speaker of the Senate Přemysl Sobotka of the Civic Democrats. The country’s first direct presidential elections are set for January 11th -12th. Polls suggest that the two hot favourites for a second round are Jan Fischer and Miloš Zeman.