Zeman: No debate ahead of second round

Incumbent Miloš Zeman says that he will not take part in a debate with the other candidate if he makes it through to the two-person run-off that will take place if nobody wins over half the vote in this weekend’s first round of voting in presidential elections. He made the comment in an interview with Mladá fronta Dnes published on Thursday. Mr. Zeman has refused to participate in any debates prior to the first round, in which nine candidates are in the running, saying that he is not leading a campaign.

The president said that he had not sought financial support but nevertheless appreciated those who had contributed to his transparent account. He has received at least CZK 17 million in financial backing.