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Jan Cverčko: Romale, vote for Jiří Drahoš!

22.1.2018 11:22
Czech President Miloš Zeman (left) and second-round challenger Jiří Drahoš (right). (2018).
Czech President Miloš Zeman (left) and second-round challenger Jiří Drahoš (right). (2018).

In the first round of voting for president it has been demonstrated that the current Czech President, Miloš Zeman, is not as dominant as it seemed - personally, I voted for Michal Horáček, and he deserves all honor and respect in defeat. Unfortunately, he was not selected for the second round, and I really regret that, because I can imagine him as a decent, humane, wise President of the Czech Republic.

For that reason I would like to wish him a great deal of success in his personal and professional life. I also wish him and his family a great deal of good health, happiness and ease.

Now we have the second round of the direct elections for President ahead of us, and the choice is between Jiří Drahoš and Miloš Zeman. I read a commentary on the Facebook social networking site recently about how the Romani residents of the Chánov housing estate were encouraged to go vote.

Well, "encouraged" - it was more like they were reproached in advance for low turnout. Then I read an article on reporting that Horáček got almost 70 % of the vote there.

Those voters deserve our big thanks for turning out. I would like call upon all Romani people, not just those living in the Czech Republic, but also those living abroad, to support Jiří Drahoš in the second round of the elections this coming weekend.

If your participation is the same as it was during the first round, Miloš Zeman might finally be able to retire and enjoy the rest of his life in peace and quiet. I do believe, I am convinced, that Jiří Drahoš will be a good president and that he will not further divide this society.

A President Drahoš will not condemn people on the basis of ignorance and prejudice and mainly, he will not lie in public. Romale, your next vote is clear.

That vote is for Jiří Drahoš. Thanks in advance to all who support him in the second round of the direct presidential election.

Jan Cverčko, Association of Romani Representatives, Liberec Region, z.s, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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