published: 05.09.2013, 16:26 | updated: 05.09.2013 16:37:46
Prague - TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg will be the party´s election leader in Prague as expected and TOP 09 first deputy head Miroslav Kalousek in the Central Bohemia Region in the late October early general election, TOP 09 leadership told reporters today.
Representatives of the partner movement Mayors and Independents (STAN) will lead the lists of candidates in three regions.
STAN chairman Petr Gazdik will be number one in the Zlin Region, south Moravia, Semily Mayor Jan Farsky in the Liberec region, north Bohemia, and Ceska Trebova Mayor Jaroslav Zednik in the Pardubice region, east Bohemia.
"We have agreed on both the programme and the list of candidates in a relatively short time. I think we have good leaders for particular regions," Schwarzenberg told reporters.
"We want to fill the candidates´ lists with people who have reached success in their branch, who are able to transfer their experience and their detached view to the parliament," Gazdik added.
TOP 09´s regional organisations approved their election leaders earlier.
The party plans to present its election platform in a week.
Schwarzenberg said today TOP 09 would push for the rule of law.
"Not only for a well-functioning state since law is the rudiment of every state," he noted.
He thereby hinted at the Social Democrats´ (CSSD) election slogan: "We will push through a well-functioning state."
Schwarzenberg said the party´s programme would also focus on social issues, but they cannot be solved at the expense of future generations.
"We will base the way out of the current situation on the relation to education and culture. We are convinced that growth and employment cannot be bought on credit," Kalousek said.
He added that pro-European policy would be another important point in the election platform.
TOP 09 was a member of the previous centre-right coalition government, which was formed after mid-2010 elections. It ended after PM Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) resigned in mid-June amid a criminal scandal involving his closest aide.
President Milos Zeman then appointed Jiri Rusnok's caretaker government against the will of most parties in parliament and it lost a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies in early August.
Then the majority of parties agreed on the Chamber of Deputies's dissolution that Zeman signed last week and the lower house ended subsequently. He also decided to hold the early polls on October 25-26.
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