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Students prefer Vladimír Franz for president

13 December 2012

Prague, Dec 12 (CTK) - Czech secondary school students clearly prefer tattooed artist and composer Vladimir Franz as the next president, giving him twice more votes in a test election, organised by the People in Need group on Tuesday and yesterday, than to the runner-up, former prime minister Jan Fischer.

The organisers said 61,500 students from 441 secondary schools took part in the test presidential election.

Franz won 40.7 percent of the vote, followed by Fischer (both unaffiliated) with 19.4 percent, Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09; 14.6 percent) and former prime minister Milos Zeman (Party of Citizens' Rights, SPOZ; 9.4 percent).

The students chose from the eight candidates whose bids were recently approved by the Interior Ministry.

The latest poll by the CVVM institute showed that Fischer would win the first round of the presidential election ahead of Zeman.

In the student one-round test presidential election, Franz won in all regions and at all types of schools. Fischer lost to Schwarzenberg in Prague and to Zeman at vocational schools.

People in Need said the test election aimed at making young people more interested in politics.

These have been the third test elections that the group organised in the Czech Republic.

Two years ago students were able to take part in a test general election and a few months ago in test regional elections. In all three cases, the test election preceded the real one.

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