published: 28.08.2013, 14:06 | updated: 28.08.2013 14:25:19
Prague - Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus, founder of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), will not run in the early general election due on October 25-26, but he was seriously considering returning to politics, he said in a written statement released today.
"After long and painful considerations, I have decided not to run in these elections," Klaus said.
He said a new party might have been established and it might have succeed in the forthcoming elections, however, this party would not have fulfilled his vision.
But Klaus said he is willing to help other parties running in the elections in the next few months.
Klaus recently talked to his followers and supporters about his possible return to everyday domestic politics.
Some ODS members called for Klaus´s return to the party.
A few days ago, Jana Bobosikova, leader of the small Eurosceptic Sovereignty movement, offered to Klaus that a party formed around him might be formed, "the Klausites."
This would follow the example of the small Party of Citizens´ Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ) that has the ambition to enter parliament and whose honorary chairman is Milos Zeman who replaced Klaus in the presidential post in March.
Klaus, 72, founded the ODS in 1991 and was its leader till 2002. As Czech president (2003-2013), he was its honorary chairman, but gave up the post after disputes with the party's leadership in 2008.
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