Bendl says chances low for Topolánek rival

Influential Civic Democrat Petr Bendl, the outgoing governor of central Bohemia, has revealed he is not giving high chances to Prague Mayor Pavel Bém in defeating party leader Mirek Topolánek at an upcoming party congress. Just last month, Mr Topolánek’s future at the head of the party was put in doubt after the Civic Democrats suffered disastrous results in regional and Senate elections. But Mr Bendl – who is a Bém supporter - has suggested the prime minister has been able to consolidate his position. He said that support for the leader has remained strong outside the capital and suggested that Civic Democrats are worried that voting against Prime Minister Topolánek could cause a rift in the party.

Author: Jan Velinger