Kalousek says he’s ready to launch new party titled TOP 09

Former Finance Minister and erstwhile head of the Christian Democrats Miroslav Kalousek confirmed on Wednesday that he is founding a new party called TOP 09 and that the party would be officially launched at a news conference on Thursday. Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Kalousek said that he had gained the several thousand signatures necessary to register the new party with the Czech Interior Ministry, and that he would do so officially later this week. Mr Kalousek and four other MPs this week said that they were leaving the Christian Democratic Party, reducing that party’s tally of MPs from 13 to eight.

Author: Rosie Johnston