Karel Schwarzenberg is the first official presidential candidate. During the last weekend’s meeting of his party TOP09 (of which he is the Chairman), he officially accepted the candidacy for both direct or indirect vote, depending on which of the two systems will apply (currently, the president is elected by both chambers of the Parliament).
According to some top officials of the TOP09 party, Schwarzenberg could be an acceptable candidate for both right-wing and left-wing lawmakers, if the future president is indeed elected by the Parliament.
Schwarzenberg is a very unique personality in the Czech politics. First of all, he is a nobleman, his full name being Karl Johannes Nepomuk Josef Norbert Friedrich Antonius Wratislaw Mena Fürst zu Schwarzenberg. He has been perceived as one of the most respected politicians as he has not been involved in dirty party games, corruption and the like. He is known for his honesty (on several occasions, he referred to politicians in general as idiots).
Leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, was quoted as saying that Schwarzenberg is “an overripe candidate“. Social Democrats consider having former PM and European Commissioner Vladimir Spidla.