Ex-presidential candidate Danuše Nerudová announces election bid for European Parliament

The economist said on social media that she wants to battle against populism, ensure equal rights, and focus on environmental issues.

Expats.cz Staff ČTK

Written by Expats.cz StaffČTK Published on 17.08.2023 16:20:00 (updated on 17.08.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Former Czech presidential candidate Danuše Nerudová has announced her intention to run for the European Parliament in the upcoming 2024 election as a member of the center to center-right Mayors and Independents (STAN) party.

Nerudová, a former university rector and economist, gained prominence earlier this year by securing 13.9 percent of the vote in the presidential election earlier this year. Despite finishing third in the initial round and missing the run-off, her campaign attracted over 777,000 votes.

Stemming populism

In her message on the X social network, Nerudová emphasized the responsibility she felt toward her supporters who sought change in the country. She stressed the necessity to stand up against the resurgence of populism and safeguard the nation's future from its influence. She expressed gratitude for the substantial voter support she received, which she believes helped prevent the election of former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the leader of the opposition ANO party, as president.

Nerudová's decision to vie for a seat in the European Parliament is, according to the 44-year-old, driven by her conviction to ensure a better life for all citizens. She has engaged in discussions with various political entities to secure partnerships for key reforms and equal opportunities.

Nerudová's bid for the European Parliament aligns with STAN's focus on issues such as environmental conservation, rural support, and equal rights. Both parties are united in their commitment to challenging populism and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.

Others in the running

STAN's broader leadership will have the final say on the nomination of Nerudová and other potential candidates for the ballot. The national committee is expected to finalize its decision in late summer. The party's European election candidate list will likely be titled "Mayors and Personalities for Europe."

Former STAN member and ex-MP Jan Farský is also being considered for the lead position on the candidate list. Farský disclosed that the first ten candidates would likely comprise seven STAN members and three "personalities," while the subsequent 10 candidates would consist of six STAN members.

As the European election approaches, Nerudová's announcement adds a new dynamic to the political landscape, setting the stage for a contest that could have significant implications for the future of Czech politics.

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