published: 17.01.2013, 10:47 | updated: 17.01.2013 10:51:50
Sedlec-Prcice - The new Czech president should be a person who is a part of this country and spent his life there, President Vaclav Klaus said ahead of the battle for presidency between former PM Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg who spent decades in exile before 1989.
Klaus thus indirectly, in accordance with expectations, supported Zeman ahead of the January 25-26 presidential election´s run-off vote.
"One single thing is always important for me, I said it many times before the election, long in the past, now, and I will say it tomorrow and also after the election is over. I simply want the post of president to go to a person who is a part of this country, who spent his life there, in the [country´s] hard, better, best, worst periods," Klaus said.
He said he wants "this little country to survive, to endure and not to dissipate in Europe like a lump of sugar in coffee."
Klaus would not comment on the ongoing phase of the campaign following the direct election´s first round last weekend, in which Zeman, former socialist prime minister now running for the leftist Citizens´ Rights Party (SPOZ), and Schwarzenberg, foreign minister and head of the conservative TOP 09 party, beat another seven rivals and advanced to the run-off duel.
"I wouldn´t assess neither the presidential candidates´ performance not the manipulation on the part of journalists who prevent the campaign from being fair and serious," Klaus said.
Unlike Zeman, Schwarzenberg, born to a well-known noble family in 1937, spent more than forty years in Austrian exile after his family´s emigration after the 1948 communist coup in Czechoslovakia.
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