published: 13.09.2013, 13:14 | updated: 13.09.2013 13:19:27
Prague - The Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) decided that Transport Minister Zdenek Zak will be its Prague election leader instead of controversial lobbyist Miroslav Slouf, SPOZ representatives told journalists today.
An SPOZ regional conference chose Slouf as its leading candidate on Wednesday night, but the party leadership abolished the decision.
Slouf did not want to comment on the fact that he has been removed as Prague election leader. "They are fools," he only said about the SPOZ leadership.
As expected, the SPOZ election leaders include five members of the outgoing interim cabinet - Zak, Interior Minister Martin Pecina, Local Development Minister Frantisek Lukl, Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman and Labour Minister Frantisek Konicek.
Among the other election leaders are Presidential Office head Vratislav Mynar, Government Office head Radek Augustin, former minister Milos Kuzvart, football team manager Jan Nezmar, pop singer Daniel Hulka and SPOZ chairman Zdenek Stengl.
When current President Milos Zeman was prime minister in 1998-2002, Slouf was his chief aide.
Slouf, 65, was also one of the founders of the Friends of Milos Zeman group that strove for Zeman´s political comeback after his retirement from active politics. The group later turned into the SPOZ which helped Zeman win the post of the head of state last winter.
Zeman is SPOZ honorary chairman. The SPOZ website is still registered on Slouf´s name.
Though considered one of the architects of Zeman´s successful campaign, he withdrew to the background after Zeman became president. Zeman recently said he stopped cooperating with Slouf because Slouf was not telling the truth.
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