Sobotka declares intention to run for president

In related news, others who have been mentioned in connection with presidential bids include former prime minister Jan Fischer and Czech-American economist Jan Švejnar. Civic Democrat Přemyšl Sobotka - on Friday - announced his intention to run. The next election will be in 2013 when President Klaus ends his second and final term in office. But some critics charge that despite this week’s developments, the issue of changing the election system is a non-starter: there is speculation that the coalition and opposition parties will ultimately not be able to agree on changes to the Constitution to pave the way for direct elections.

Author: Jan Velinger