published: 11.09.2013, 18:58 | updated: 11.09.2013 18:59:56
Prague - The new Liberal Environmental Party (LES), headed by Martin Bursik, a former Czech environment minister and leader of the Greens, will not take part in this year's general election, it says in a press release sent to CTK today.
The LES does not want to fragment the votes of the centre-right electorate, the press release said.
LES representative Matej Hollan told CTK the party would not be able to prepare its campaign in order to ensure its entry to the Chamber of Deputies.
The early election is scheduled for October 25-26.
The LES tried to agree on cooperation with the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), but they rejected its overtures.
The discrepancies in the two parties' programmes have not been overcome, LES representatives said.
"It is our ambition to build a strong, stable, liberal and environment-friendly party and to succeed in elections," they added.
"In the 'too early election,' there is the threat that we may be among those who will contribute to the fragmentation of centre-right votes. Bearing in mind the national interests, we do not wish it," LES representatives said.
Hollan said the LES would not back any other party running in the early election.
The LES plans to take part in some of the next elections such as those to the Senate and the European Parliament, both to be held next year.
Bursik left the Greens in protest at their heading too much to the left earlier this year.
LES (forest in Czech] was supported by some well-known personalities such as the Czech-U.S. economist Professor and former presidential candidate, Jan Svejnar, documentary film director Olga Sommerova, artist Kurt Gebauer, sociologist Jirina Siklova, writer Ivan Klima and pop singer Marta Kubisova, the last three being known as dissidents under the Communist regime.
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