published: 19.08.2013, 15:58 | updated: 19.08.2013 16:04:33
Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus does not plan to return to politics and there is no party he would like to join on the Czech political scene at the moment, Klaus´s long-term assistant Ladislav Jakl told CTK today.
There is no political entity Klaus would consider worth his return, Jakl said.
Speculations about Klaus´s return to politics have recently appeared.
Leading politicians of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) said earlier this month they would like to cooperate with Klaus, the ODS founder and former long-standing chairman.
Klaus said in reaction that he would not return to the ODS. He added that the ODS is in a crisis that cannot be overcome without changing people and their behaviour.
In June, Petr Necas stepped down as ODS chairman and prime minister over a corruption and illegal spying scandal of his closest assistant.
Daily Pravo wrote today that Klaus was considering his direct participation in politics and that he would make up his mind after it becomes clear whether the lower house of parliament was going to dissolve itself.
The political parties want to reach agreement on the dissolution of the lower house of parliament on August 20, as a step towards an early general election. President Milos Zeman said the early election might be held in late October.
Pravo said Klaus might get involved in Sovereignty, a small Eurosceptic group led by Jana Bobosikova.
Political commentator Daniel Kaiser wrote in daily Lidove noviny last week that some Czech politicians consider it a matter of course that Klaus will try to return to the ODS helm after the party's humiliating election debacle.
Czech Television (CT) released a fresh poll by Median and STEM/MARK agencies showing that three fourths of the citizens do not want Klaus to return to politics.
Klaus was rather image has been damaged by the controversial amnesty he declared at the close of his presidential term in January.
Klaus, 72, founded the ODS in 1991 and was its leader till 2002. As Czech president (in office 2003-March 2013), he was its honorary chairman, but gave up the post after disputes with the party's leadership in 2008.
When his presidential mandate expired in March, Klaus started working in his own think tank.
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