published: 11.09.2013, 15:21 | updated: 11.09.2013 16:32:07
Prague - The Czech senior right-wing Civic Democratic Party (ODS) launched its campaign ahead of the October 25-26 early general election in which it wants to present itself as a conservative party that does not change ideas but can change its style of communication.
Martin Kuba, acting chairman of the government party until June, launching the campaign on the roof of the party´s Prague headquarters, said the ODS is aware of its mistakes as well as the good it made in the past few years.
The early elections have been necessitated by the fall of the centre-right coalition government of Petr Necas (ODS) in June and the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies in August.
The ODS is entering the campaign with humility as well as self-confidence, Kuba said.
"I base this self-confidence on that the Civic Democrats are the sole authentic rightist party that has been active on the Czech political scene for 22 years," Kuba said.
He said the party will continue to defend the rights of the individual as well as civic freedoms, push through the protection of private property and the rule of law, but also a welfare policy.
To defend its position of the strongest rightist party, which TOP OP may become in the election according to public opinion polls, it must mainly defend the ideals of the middle class, but also improve communication with voters and journalists, and make it clear that it is an open party, Kuba said.
He said the ODS wants to attain this also by means of the latest communication trends.
The party´s representatives, who have already launched the election campaign on Twitter, were distributing T-shirts with slogans reading "I write with my right" or "I do not write fairy tales" to journalists.
ODS deputy chairwoman and election leader Miroslava Nemcova said 24 percent of the party´s candidates are women, 71 candidates are mayors and some 30 deputy mayors.
Kuba also said the election campaign is being conducted at a time when the political situation is unstable, people are dissatisfied, the Chamber of Deputies was dissolved and the left is strengthening.
He said all political entities have added to this mood in society and that the ODS is aware of its share of responsibility.
Kuba said the party did not resolve everything correctly and that it made too big concessions to its government coalition partners, TOP 09 and LIDEM.
At the same time he said the ODS pushed through a number of positive things, including a lowering of deficits, stabilisation of finances, an improvement of the situation in education, an amendment to the civic code and a stop to the photovoltaic plants boom.
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