The winner of the first round of the presidential election, General Petr Pavel, is expecting “allegations” and “lies” from his opponent, former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, before the second round.
Babiš congratulated Pavel on his victory, but immediately went on the attack against his opponent.
“I don’t understand why he’s running,” he said, stressing Pavel’s past as a soldier and a Communist Party member.
Babiš referred to him as a “communist intelligence agent”, which Pavel described as “whining”, adding that Babiš is “losing his head”.
“I congratulate him for making it all the way to the NATO military committee as a communist intelligence officer – trained in Russia – who welcomed the invasion of Russian troops. Hats off to him,” said Babiš, who was also a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and is on trial for registering as an StB agent.
Among other assertions, Babiš said that currently, the only president in Europe who had been a “Communist agent” was Russia’s Putin.
Pavel subsequently told the Czech Press Agency that if Babiš’s campaign before the second round looks like his press conference, then “a lot of lies can be expected”.
“I didn’t manage to watch the press conference of Babiš, but I heard that it was one big yawn,” he wrote.
Pavel is a former chairman of Nato’s military committee, the alliance’s highest military body.
He fully endorsed the country’s military and humanitarian support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia and sees the Czech Republic’s future linked to membership in the European Union and Nato.
Fiala, Fischer, Nerudová endorse Pavel for second round
The Czech PM, Petr Fiala, has called on the public to support ex-Czech Army chief of staff Petr Pavel in the second round of elections to the presidency.
Mr. Fiala said the election run-off in two weeks’ time was a battle of values, between democracy, respect for the constitution and pro-Western orientation, referring to Mr. Pavel, and populism, lies and pro-Russian tendencies, a swipe at Mr. Babiš.
Senator Pavel Fischer, who came fourth in the first round of Czech presidential elections on under 7 percent, has called on people to support Petr Pavel in the second round run-off in two weeks’ time.
Danuše Nerudová said she would discuss how she would support Petr Pavel, who she referred to as a “democratic candidate”, on Monday. The two met shortly after the conclusion of Saturday’s first-round vote count.
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