Brno vote seen as important indicator for national congress
Social Democrats in the second city of Brno have sent an important signal about who is likely to be the future leader of the party. Party members in a secret ballot backed acting party leader and former finance minister Bohuslav Sobotka against his main rival, south Moravia regional governor Michal Hašek. Mr. Sobotka won 70 votes and Mr. Hašek 52. The vote in Brno had been described as too close to call by party chairman Jeroným Tejc. Brno will send 12 delegates to a national party meeting in March which will decide the leadership. The former leader of the main opposition party, Jiří Paroubek, resigned after disappointing election results at the end of May.