published: 24.10.2013, 16:05 | updated: 24.10.2013 16:11:02
Brno - Rector of Masaryk University in Brno Mikulas Bek is of the view that he did not get the invitation to the celebration of national holiday on October 28 because the university did not enable President Milos Zeman to give a lecture there in September, CTK found from Bek's text today.
In September, Zeman paid a visit to Brno and voiced the interest to speak to economics students.
Bek did not comply with his request.
Bek wrote at the university's webpage that senior elected officials were always welcomed at the university soil, but the school had to observe political neutrality during the election campaign.
The early election will be held on October 25-26.
"The current president is honorary chairman of one of the election parties that was even named after him and his face watches us from the party's election billboards," Bek said about the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ).
"His speech at the university soil at the time of election campaign would clearly breach the principle of political neutrality of the university towards the competition of democratic parties with regard to voters, students and the university staff," Bek said.
On October 28, the Czech president bestows the state decorations on selected personalities.
University rectors have traditionally taken part in the ceremony.
"On Monday, I will be absent from the award-giving ceremony, but not because of any real or diplomatic flu, but because I was not invited as rector of the second biggest Czech university," Bek said.
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