The party of Miloš Zeman says it has acquired the 50,000 signatures necessary for the former prime minister to run for president. The chairman of the Party of Civic Rights – Zemanovci, Vratislav Mynář, told the press on Tuesday that their petition for Mr Zeman’s candidacy had received morethan 50,200 signatures in roughly two months, and that more were being added. Zeman already received nominations from ten senators, which also would have sufficed for his candidature, but also wanted to test public support with the petition. Other candidates at present include former prime minister Jan Fischer, Social Democrat Jiří Dienstbier, and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. Elections will be held in February of 2013.