Former prime minister Jan Fischer confirms presidential candidacy


Former prime minister Jan Fischer has confirmed that he is planning to run for the office of president if the Senate approves a proposal for direct presidential elections. In an interview in the Saturday edition of the Czech daily Mladá front dnes, Mr. Fischer said that he would most likely be submitting his candidacy as an independent candidate, but was also open to the possibility of teaming up with a political party. The proposal for direct presidential elections is pending a February vote in the upper house of Parliament. If it is approved, Czechs would be able to elect their president directly for the first time in 2013.

Mr. Fischer is currently the vice-president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. A statistician by profession, he headed the interim government which preceded Petr Nečas’s right-of-center coalition that took office in July 2010.