published: 05.09.2013, 18:43 | updated: 05.09.2013 18:46:37
Prague - The Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) will in the Czech election campaign use the face of President Milos Zeman who is its honorary head and post up 300 billboards that look like an envelope with a stamp with Zeman portrait, SPOZ deputy head Vladimir Krulis told CTK today.
Zeman previously said he would not join the campaign ahead of the October 25-26 early general election. He said he would support the SPOZ only by casting his ballot for it.
"The graphic element with the president´s portrait is similar to the most popular and the most common post stamp," Krulis said, referring to the SPOZ´s billboards.
"This cannot be viewed as the president´s involvement in the campaign. Such an explanation would be absurd since otherwise any piece of mail with President Zeman´s portrait on the stamp could be viewed as campaigning," Krulis added.
He said Zeman keeps his approach as a president standing above political parties.
After his victory in the direct presidential election in January, Zeman said he wants to be a moderator on the Czech scene. On his initiative, Vratislav Mynar, whom he appointed Presidential Office head, could not seek re-election as SPOZ chairman this summer.
At present, however, Mynar is running for the SPOZ in the October election.
Zeman, on his part, started his planned tours of the country´s 13 self-governing regions by visiting the Zlin region, south Moravia, where the SPOZ has a strong position and where Mynar is its election leader.
Zeman´s next visit will be paid to the Pardubice region, east Bohemia, another stronghold of the SPOZ.
The favourite of the October election is the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), which Zeman used to head but fell out with it in the mid-2000s.
The voter preferences of the SPOZ, which is not represented in the Chamber of Deputies now, oscillate around the 5-percent parliament entry threshold.
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