Mirek Topolánek to run for president

Former prime minister Mirek Topolánek has confirmed his intention to run for president in next year’s presidential elections. Topolánek said he had sought support across the political spectrum and had collected the necessary ten signatures from senators. The former leader of the Civic Democratic Party told Czech Television his decision was motivated by the turn of events following the general elections and the possibility that a government could run the country without a vote of confidence.

The head of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala welcomed the decision saying Topolánek was an experienced politician with a good grasp of international affairs.