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Czech TV presenter to make presidential bid

The owner and chief presenter of the Czech Republic’s most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup (pictured above), is running for president.

“The election comes in 2023. I see quite decent support according to data, and my name has a high reputation, liked by almost 90 per cent of the population. Only 10 per cent of them don’t really need me. So I will try, we will see how it goes,” he said during his show on TV Barrandov, the channel he owns.

Earlier this year Mr Soukup founded his own political party in order to participate in European parliamentary elections, with the aims to defend Czech national interests from corrupt politicians and oligarchs.

In Ukraine, a former television personality, Volodymyr Zelensky, looks set to become the country’s president when voting takes place in the second round of the country’s presidential election on April 21.

Photo: Barrandov TV