Social Democrats may add economist Jan Švejnar to candidates’ list for upcoming election

The Czech-born US-based economist Jan Švejnar, who ran for president against incumbent Vaclav Klaus in 2008, may be added to the list of candidates in May’s election to the lower house, the press has reported. Právo has said that the economist could be added to the list of candidates for the Social Democratic Party, citing two anonymous sources. The Social Democrats supported Mr Švejnar’s bid for president two years ago although the economist, who is 57, is not affiliated with any particular political party.

In related news, Právo writes that other candidates who could be fielded by the Social Democrats include current Interior Minister Martin Pecina, a Social Democrat nominee in the caretaker cabinet and Foreign Minister Jan Kohout. Both men say they have not received any official offer, but suggested they would probably accept if asked, Právo writes.

Author: Jan Velinger