Bohuslav Sobotka re-elected as head of Social Democratic Party
The congress of the biggest Czech government party, the Social Democrats, began in Prague on Friday with 713 party delegates attending. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka running unopposed, was re-elected as party chairman, receiving support from 85 percent of delegates. The main focus of the two-day meeting will therefore be on the contest to fill the post of first deputy chairman and the raft of deputy chairman positions. Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec is the front runner to fill the second most significant party post with the backing of Sobotka. Former leader of Social Democrat lawmakers in the lower house Jeroným Tejc and minister Jiří Dienstbier are also running for the coveted post. The congress was last held two years ago in 2013.