Civic Democrat MP quits party to facilitate Václav Klaus’ return to politics
An influential Civic Democrat MP, Boris Šťastný, on Friday announced he was leaving his party. In a statement on his website, Mr Šťastný said the Civic Democrats had abandoned their roots and betrayed their voters. The deputy said he was not leaving politics but would like to establish a new group which would facilitate the return of former president, and founder of the Civic Democrat party Václav Klaus to politics. There has been speculation that Mr Klaus, whose second term as president ended earlier this year, will attempt a political comeback either by rejoining the Civic Democrat party, another existing group or forming a new party.