Senator Okamura announces presidential bid
The newly-elected senator for Zlín, Tomio Okamura, has announced his intention to run for president in the country’s first direct presidential election. Well-known as a businessman, onetime TV personality and former tourist agency spokesperson, Mr Okamura told journalists on Thursday he had already compiled half of the signatures needed to file his candidacy. He has until November 6 to pick up an additional 25,000 names. Mr Okamura ran as an independent and recently defeated Social Democrat regional governor Stanislav Mišák for the post of senator.