published: 24.08.2013, 19:52 | updated: 24.08.2013 19:53:11
Vienna/Berlin - Czech President Milos Zeman lost any inhibitions due to alcohol drinking lasting for many years and only seeks personal power, the conservative TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg told the Austrian paper Presse am Sonntag today.
Schwarzenberg repeated his earlier comparison of Zeman's interpretation of constitutional habits to the Nazi strategy in Germany in 1933 and Communist 1948 take-over.
"They, too, literally observed the letter, but not the spirit of the constitution," Schwarzenberg, a former foreign minister, said.
Schwarzenberg said Zeman was a highly intelligent man whose life was absolutely absorbed by politics, and a first-class orator.
"Unfortunately, due to his life habits, his inhibitions disappeared. I have often seen the people who were addicted to this or that and subsequently lost any moral scruples," Schwarzenberg said.
When asked by the paper whether this was due to Zeman's penchant for alcohol, Schwarzenberg replied: "If someone has such penchants for decades, it brings about incredible changes in one's mind."
Schwarzenberg said Zeman was trying to push up his SPOZ (Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites), but this was not his chief objective.
"His objective is power, not any party. As the president, he wants to rule. The power should not rest with any prime minister arisen from parliament," said Schwarzenberg, who was defeated by Zeman in the direct presidential election at the beginning of the year.
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