published: 29.08.2013, 07:33 | updated: 29.08.2013 07:34:17
Prague - All major Czech dailies comment on the announcement by Vaclav Klaus, former Czech president and former long-standing Civic Democrat (ODS) leader, will not run in the forthcoming early general election. Klaus made the announcement on Wednesday following meetings with various groups of his supporters and media speculations about his return.
The fact that Vaclav Klaus will not run in the early elections proves that he has managed to remain realistic, Daniel Kaiser writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
All the burnt-out personalities that gathered in the past few days on Klaus´s initiative did not seem to be able to form an efficient team but they seemed rather like a collection of voodoo dolls that Klaus´s opponents would destroy one after another only to let Klaus suffer as long as possible, Kaiser writes.
By declaring that he will not run, Klaus found a way to attract attention to himself, stay in the game and not suffer a defeat, Kaiser says.
Klaus is seriously considering his return to politics, however, he is 72 years old and even the most vital politician must know that he has his last try.
It would be unreasonable to use this attempt in a situation when a crushing victory of the left wing is expected, Kaiser concludes.
Vaclav Klaus was unlikely to run in the general election because even if he succeeded in it, he would have fallen several levels down and he would have again climbed the career hill, from which he has been descending in a pleasant way, Jakub Pokorny writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Klaus would have risked even more if any movement used him as his symbol, but he would not be able to control this movement, Pokorny says.
When the Sovereignty party will be seeking candidates for elections to the European Parliament, then it will be probable that Klaus will nod to the offer and become an election candidate, Pokorny writes.
Klaus has temporarily withdrawn from domestic politics and his former colleagues from the Civic Democratic Party will remain uncertain at least till next spring whether he will run for the ODS or against it in the 2014 European elections, Petr Kambersky says in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
This waiting will not be pleasant for ODS MEP group head Jan Zahradil or ODS deputy chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova, Kambersky adds.
Some Czech politicians again wanted Klaus to save the political scene, but Klaus rejected to do so, probably because he attracted only second-rate politicians, Jan Martinek writes in Pravo, pointing to Sovereignty leader Jana Bobosikova who was willing to run for the Communists (KSCM) or the SPOZ-the Zemanites grouping in the past.
The ruined Civic Democrats can feel relieved that Klaus will not fight against them in the election campaign, Martinek says.
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