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President-Elect Zeman to meet Klaus, Nečas on Tuesday

ČTK |
4 February 2013

Prague, Feb 2 (CTK) - Czech President-Elect Milos Zeman will meet outgoing President Vaclav Klaus at Prague Castle on Tuesday, probably in the afternoon, and Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) on Tuesday evening, the Zeman team's spokeswoman said Saturday, confirming CTK's information from unofficial sources.

Zeman, after emerging victorious from the first ever Czech direct presidential election on January 26, had a several-day rest in his country house in south Moravia.

He returned to Prague on Thursday evening. On Friday, he had some meetings in his office near Prague Castle. He was visited by Presidential Office director Jiri Weigl, Prague Castle administration head Ivo Velisek and the Presidential Office's Protocol Director Jindrich Forejt.

The other visitors included Miroslav Jansta, lobbyist and Czech Sports Association (CSTV) head, and Petr Hulinsky, shadow local development minister for the senior opposition Social Democrats (CSSD).

Zeman (Citizens' Rights Party, SPOZ) was CSSD chairman in 1993-2001 and he headed the CSSD minority government in 1998-2002, but he fell out with the party after CSSD deputies thwarted his election as president by parliament in 2003.

The Zeman-Klaus meeting will probably start at 14:00 on Tuesday. It is likely to be a pleasant meeting of two politicians who have known each other for many years. Klaus and his family openly supported Zeman at the close of his presidential campaign.

Klaus's last possible mandate expires on March 7. Zeman is to be sworn-in as president one day later.

Zeman's meeting with Necas, that is to take place in Zeman's office in Loretanska street at 17:30, according to unofficial information, probably will have a purely working character.

Zeman does not conceal his disagreement with the policy pursued by Necas's centre-right government. On the very day of his victory in the presidential polls he said the government should end and early elections should be held.

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