Is the Czech Republic ready for its first tattooed president?
The Czech Republic could be about to welcome its first heavily tattooed president.
Politician, artist, and composer Vladimír Franz is in the running for the presidential race, and seems to be doing well. He is proving popular with the electorate, especially those under the age of 30, among whom he has taken one-third of the vote, according to a report by ABC News.
Initially seen as something of a joke candidate, Franz now has 11.4% of the popular vote, based on opinion polls, placing him third out of nine hopefuls in the race for the country’s top job.
Franz, 53, is a very accomplished and fascinating man. He holds a law degree, and is a drama professor, a postmodernist painter, a stage designer, and an opera composer.
He has tattoos covering almost all his body, as well as an array of piercings, and often has blue hair.
“My tattoos are my private little garden. They are not a handicap, they are added value,” Franz told ABC News. “Elections are not a beauty contest. It is all about tolerance.”
His policies include a focus on education, culture, morality and tolerance, and he wants to “fight for the people” of his country.
Voting takes place this weekend and a runoff is scheduled for the weekend of 25th and 26th of January. In a world which needs more tolerance, as well as appreciation of the arts, I will certainly be crossing my fingers for Franz.
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