There was widespread astonishment at the announcement by the former premier and leader of Ano, the largest opposition party. Babis is on trial in the Stork’s Nest fraud case, and the polls predict he will be defeated. Yet a very strong player has entered the race, with a core support base of up to 30% of the electorate.
- Should Babis become president, he would have immunity from prosecution for the next five years.
- The president’s role is largely to represent the nation, but is also seen as an important opinion-former.
- If Babis loses the election, he will have the support to remain in national politics.
- If Petr Pavel or Danuse Nerudova wins, it will help improve the country’s international image.