published: 07.10.2013, 08:10 | updated: 07.10.2013 08:37:00
Prague - Jiri Paroubek, former Czech Social Democrat prime minister in 2005-2006, who now heads the small party National Socialists-LEV 21, wants to run in the elections to the European Parliament next spring, he told the daily E15.
Paroubek is not running in the Czech early general election due on October 25-26. He previously explained his decision by the media´s alleged boycott of him and his party
"If we have some money at our disposal, without the sum necessarily having to be enormous, I want to seek an EP seat. I think my chances are realistic. I can make use of my personal popularity, as in these elections the whole Czech Republic is a single election ward," E15 quotes Paroubek as saying.
He said other NS-LEV 21 leading representatives will run in the EU polls.
He did not rule out his candidacy in the next Czech direct presidential election, scheduled for 2018.
"I have a certain personal plan of how to proceed in the future, but it would be to early to disclose it," he told the paper.
Paroubek, 61, was Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman from 2005 until after the mid-2010 general election from which the then senior opposition CSSD emerged victorious but not strong enough to form a government, and it finally ended in opposition.
Paroubek then stepped down as CSSD chairman and later he left the CSSD to found the NS-LEV 21.
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