Former Czech prime minister Andrej Babis has bought a motorhome and announced plans to tour the country in it.
Local media see the move, in which Babis has vowed to “drive to the people,” as the launch of his unofficial campaign to run for president.
The current president, Milos Zeman, is due to remain in office until 2023. Following a constitutional amendment, the Czech head of state is elected directly by the people.
Babis has always dreamed of travelling around in a motorhome, he told his followers in a video posted on social media. However, the 67-year-old billionaire politician noted that he needs a bit of practice driving the seven-and-a-half-metre-long vehicle.
The tour is set to start in February. The motorhome is estimated to have cost over 80,000 euros ($A125,099).
Babis lost parliamentary elections in October to a liberal-conservative alliance of five parties.
In the run up to the vote, Babis had come under pressure due to revelations about his financial dealings.
He is the founder of the populist party ANO and served as prime minister of the Czech Republic from 2017 to 2021. He was finance minister from 2014 to 2017.