Change-of-guard at TOP 09 after election debacle

MEP Jiří Pospíšil was elected leader of the centre-right TOP 09 at the party’s two-day conference in Prague. Mr. Pospíšil, who entered the party only recently, won support from 147 out of 177 delegates present. Markéta Pekarová Adamová was elected first deputy chair.

The party’s former leader Miroslav Kalousek accepted responsibility for the party’s poor showing in the elections and did not run for re-election. The outgoing party leader Miroslav Kalousek will continue to influence party politics since he is head of the party deputies‘ group in the lower house.