Presidential Debate: Televised After All

In Media, Politics on January 22, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka

Czech President Vaclav Klaus and his opponent for the February 8 elections will meet in a televised debate after all.

A few weeks ago Klaus refused to meet University of Michigan professor Jan Svejnar, claiming that it is pointless in a country that does not elect its president in a direct vote. In this country the president is elected during a joint session of both chambers of the Parliament.

Unlike in the States, here the televised debate (scheduled for January 29) will be held in front of the aforementioned lawmakers. Most of them are already firmly decided who they will vote for because their party rules tell them so.


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