>Czech Republic: Online Klaus campaigners turn to the people
This is something that the right has not traditionally been keen on and the left and liberal centre has usually favoured. However, as is traditional in Czech politics, these positions are reversed in the run up to a close run president contest in which Klaus is standing. Volimklause.cz thus kicks off with the usual conservative argument that direct election of the head of state is not part of the Czech constitutional tradition, but then works its way to the conclusive that undignified political horse trading between parties (very much party of the Czech constitutional and political tradition – and why not?) might make it a good idea to ‘reopen discussion’ on the issue.
Needless to say, I haven’t, however, joined the 4000 odd Czech swho have signed up, partly because as an outside academic observer it is none of my business, but also because I don’t know who I would vote. The virtual political options market on the Czech Presidential elections running on OpenDemocracy.net shows Klaus stocks trading quite strongly at a 58% chance of re-election.