Poll: Czechs favour former prime minister Jan Fischer for president


According to a survey by the Median agency, published in Friday’s edition of the daily Mladá fronta dnes, former prime minister Jan Fischer would receive the most votes if direct presidential elections were held today. Roughly a third of respondents said they would cast their ballot for the former prime minister, who headed an interim government between April 2009 and July 2010. If elections were held today, economist Jan Švejnar would receive a sixth of the votes, while entrepreneur Tomio Okamura polled at ten percent. Only six percent of respondents said they would vote for candidate Karel Schwarzenberg, the current foreign minister. The Czech Senate approved an amendment to the constitution that paves the way for direct elections on Wednesday; Czechs will be able to vote for their president directly for the first time in March of 2013, when current president Václav Klaus’s second term expires.