Prague - Lawyer Klara Samkova told CTK today she has resigned as head of the list of candidates of the Czech Dawn of Direct Democracy over a suspicion that she cheated the Ceska sporitelna (CS) savings bank.
Uchazečka o post prezidenta Klára Samková (49; nezávislá) - advokátka, v roce 2003 ji Václav Klaus neúspěšně navrhl na ústavní soudkyni, členka TOP 09. Její rozhodnutí kandidovat vzbudilo mezi vedením strany kritiku. Kandidaturu oznámila začátkem srpna, nyní sbírá podpisy na svou podporu. ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Klara Samkova, 51, was a member of parliament in 1990-1992. She was a member of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) from 1993 to 1999 and a TOP 09 member from 2010 to 2013. In 2003, president Vaclav Klaus nominated her for constitutional judge, but the senators rejected her. She wanted to run for president in 2012, but failed to gather enough signatures for her bid.
Samkova has come under the suspicion of having helped a firm get rid of its debts to the detriment of CS.
She said the publication of the allegations briefly before the European elections was an attack on her person with a view to discrediting Dawn, too.
Samkova said "rival parties" could have interest in this, naming the governing Social Democrats CSSD and ANO.
Now the Dawn list of candidates will be headed by Roman Skrabanek who had previously been in the second place.
Samkova said the case had appeared two weeks before the European elections when it was impossible to clear oneself of the suspicion.
"There is an evident timing so that I were deleted from the Dawn list of candidates and discredited and Dawn be harmed in the elections," Samkova said.
Skrabanek, 47, is president of the Association of Czech Travel Agencies. He is an opponent of the euro.
Czech candidates will contest 21 out of 751 seats in the European Parliament on May 23-24.