Some updates on the election campaign.
The acting president Václav Klaus has decided to support Zeman because of his rival’s foreign connections – notable Schwarzenberg’s wife Therese who doesn’t speak Czech. On the other hand, also Zeman’s wife Ivana has foreign (i.e. Slovak) roots, and, what makes it even more complicated is the fact that the same arguments would also have eliminated the figurehead of Czech statehood, the founder and president of the First Republic Tomáš Masaryk whose mother stemmed from the German-speaking minority and who was married to an American who he first met on his travels abroad.
I, therefore, see no evidence that cosmopolitan politicians are harmful to the Czech Republic.
Schwarzenberg is also under attack for his remarks on the post-war period and accusations are made about his ancestors and his pronunciation of the anthem, while Zeman – a former prime minister – is considered a symbol of cronyism in times of a retreat of values in Czech politics. The “Avatar” has surprisingly stripped off his bizarreness in favour of bitter pragmatism, and many voters see themselves now confronted with a choice between the devil and the deep blue see.
The following photo from a polling station speaks volumes about it:
Translation of the sign:
In order to preclude possible conflicts between both groups of voters, the final round of the presidential elections in 2013 is organized as follows:
- Citizens voting for Karel Schwarzenberg will vote on Friday 1/25/2013 from 2 pm to 10 pm or on Saturday 1/26/2013 from 8 am to 2 pm.
- Citizens voting for Miloš Zeman will vote on Saturday 1/26/2013 from 3 pm to 10 pm or on Sunday 1/27/2013 from 8 am to 3 pm.
This appears to be an entirely new notion of “secret ballot” where you can identify the political camp by the time slot of casting the vote.