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Experts say Klaus Jr. plans to run for president

The creation of a new political party announced by Václav Klaus Jr. is not meant to be the key to the Chamber of Deputies, but primarily it is to be a background for Klaus´s presidential candidacy.

“I don´t see the sense of a new Václav Klaus Jr.´s party in pushing through to the Chamber of Deputies. It rather is to be a support carrier for the next presidential elections,” says political scientist Lubomír Kopeček.

Kopeček´s colleague, Ladislav Cabada recalls that it has been clear for a long time (even before Václav Klaus Jr. was expelled from the ODS) that Václav Klaus Jr. will try to establish a new political party. "We could have also guessed the ideological profile of Klaus´s party: anti-integration attitudes, anti-liberalism, Pan-Slavic nationalism with the admixture of traditionalism," Cabada calculates the basic points of the ideological anchoring of Klaus´s future party.

The reference to the family that Klaus Jr. mentioned when announcing his plans is obviously based on "protecting the traditional coexistence of man and woman". And when it comes to Klaus´s plan to target the countryside, Cabada believes that it coincides with Klaus´s election support of Miloš Zeman in the latest presidential election.

"I then associate the whole plan with the ambition to build a background for the next presidential election," concludes Kopeček while Cabada agrees. Kopeček also recalls that Václav Klaus Jr. is undoubtedly placed somewhere between ODS and SPD. "However, it is already clear that this political space is now full," says Kopeček.

In other words, if there is no major crisis in the two parties mentioned, SPD and ODS (such as destruction of Tomio Okamura's image), Kopeček believes that it is hard to imagine that Klaus could succeed with the new party. Moreover, establishing a new party in the Czech Republic is quite demanding in terms of organization.

All of these arguments lead Kopeček to think that Klaus will set up a new party primarily because of the next presidential election, rather than being able to push through the Chamber of Deputies. "In a highly personalized presidential election with a single constituency, such a candidate may have a chance for a good result," concludes Kopeček.

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