published: 19.09.2013, 17:51 | updated: 19.09.2013 18:03:27
Prague - Vaclav Klaus, former Czech president in 2003-2013, today said the Czech right camp has weakened by its own fault and he would like it to unite, which, however, cannot happen before the end-October general election.
Klaus spoke at the ceremonial launch of the election campaign by Chin Up, a rightist bloc led by former MEP Jana Bobosikova.
Supporting the bloc, he said he hopes it will address voters and succeed in the elections.
Chin Up associates representatives of about a dozen of small parties and movements. Its election candidates include some former deputies for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), a mainstream right-wing party that Klaus headed in 1991-2002 and that he left in 2008 and became its critic.
Klaus said the October election´s outcome will be far from good.
"The right is immensely weakened, it is weakening itself, it scores own goals to a large extent," Klaus said.
He said he hoped that the forthcoming election will be "a kind of an interim-election and interim-step," because the basic task, "the gathering of the right-wing forces, a certain integration of the right," will not have been completed by then.
Klaus said he originally did not expect himself to attend any party´s meeting, but that he likes Chin Up.
Klaus, who is widely viewed as Eurosceptic, appreciated Bobosikova´s critical stands on the EU.
After the meeting Klaus told journalists that he does not know what else grouping he should support.
Asked about ultra-right radical Jan Kopal´s election candidacy for Chin Up, Klaus said Kopal´s name is unknown to him and that he can see a number of persons whom he considers unacceptable among other parties´ candidates.
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