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Sobotka, Tošenovský to contest ODS's presidential primaries

24 April 2012

Prague, April 23 (CTK) - Premysl Sobotka and Evzen Tosenovsky will contest the primaries for the Czech presidential election in the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), ODS leader and Prime Minister Petr Necas said Monday.

Sobotka is a Senate deputy chairman, Tosenovsky is an MP and former mayor of Ostrava, north Moravia.

ODS deputy chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova said earlier in April she would not contest the post.

"My possible candidature has been discussed for two years. As an athlete, I think that I will try and win the nomination in the primary election," Sobotka said.

The primaries in the ODS will take place at the end of April.

The candidates will appear at public election assemblies in the party's regional branches.

The election itself will be held in nine constituencies during May and June.

According to the latest polls, the candidates have only meagre chances in the direct presidential election.

According to an April poll, Nemcova would have been supported by 5.6 percent of Czechs, while the other two candidates would not receive more than 3 percent.

Presidential candidate Jan Fischer, former head of the caretaker government in 2009-10, is enjoying the highest support as almost one-third of Czechs would vote for him in a direct presidential election, according to a poll conducted in mid-April.

Fischer (unaffiliated) is followed by unaffiliated economist Jan Svejnar, unsuccessful presidential candidate in 2008, who is supported by one-fifth of the general public.

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