published: 25.01.2013, 18:34 | updated: 25.01.2013 18:36:59
Prague - Czech outgoing President Vaclav Klaus today indirectly confirmed having said, in a private sms, that he would emigrate if Karel Schwarzenberg became new Czech president, when he told journalists that he had trusted the addressee and is disappointed at her making the private message public.
"I have always liked the person, who has given it [the sms] to the media, and I always trusted this person, who is a woman, to add a single thing. The fact that she has condescended to do this, it is beyond any comment," Klaus told journalists after casting his ballot in the presidential election run-off vote in which Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg faces former socialist prime minister Milos Zeman.
The server www.lidovky.cz on Thursday published the text of the sms in which Klaus reportedly wrote: "I´m shocked at your sms. You are supporting the Prince? As for me, I will consider emigrating if he is elected. VK".
Schwarzenberg is widely dubbed "the Prince" for his noble descent.
The server did not disclose the sms´s addressee, saying it respects her apprehensions of a media pressure.
Based on the published information, it is impossible to ascertain the Klaus sms´s context and the size of hyperbole in it.
In the campaign before the January 25-26 run-off vote, Klaus and his family clearly supported Zeman.
Klaus, an Eurosceptic, has had several disputes with Schwarzenberg in the past few years, mainly over Prague´s foreign policy.
"I wouldn´t tell who I´ve voted for, but you may guess it. I supported the candidate who, I think, will be a contribution to this country, to the Czech state," Klaus told journalists after casting his ballot today.
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