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Presidential Elections: Deadlock and Bummer

In Politics on February 8, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

The ceremony of Czech presidential elections has not started yet, despite the fact that both chambers of the Parliament met at 10 a.m. CET (right now it is 6 p.m.) and the president might not be elected in the next (many) hours. The legislators have not reached the decision as to whether the vote should be secret or open. There are even some disputes within the government coalition.

So, one huge far-from-being-over deadlock, and foreign observers might think the Czech political scene is pretty fucked up, and they would be almost right. The selection of the next president is a political battle in which people, voters and taxpayers can only stand in distance, on the horizon even, and watch and wait.

To make it short: the parties that support the open vote principle want everyone to know how each legislators voted so that traitors can be identified, whereas the party that supports the secret vote would like to keep the names secret because the party lobbyists are said to have convinced those potential traitors from other parties to vote for their candidate, who is  president Vaclav Klaus…

I swear, if we don’t have the direct vote by 2013, I will go and live naked in the bushes on U.S. Virgin Islands.

TO BE UPDATED AS THE SITUATION DEVELOPS…

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One Response to “Presidential Elections: Deadlock and Bummer”

  1. […] coverage of the Czech presidential election – at The Czech Daily Word – here, here and here: “I swear, if we don’t have the direct vote by 2013, I will go and live […]

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