Klaus’ departure evokes mixed reactions

Mr.Klaus’ decision evoked mixed reactions inside the party he founded. His supporters gave him a standing ovation as he swept out of the conference hall, his critics said that Mr. Klaus’ bruised ego was behind the decision and expressed disappointment that he had not shown greater goodwill and respect for his successor. Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek said that Mr. Klaus’ departure was logical and would in a way be a relief for both sides. Opposition leader Jiří Paroubek of the Social Democrats said that while he did not share Mr. Klaus’ views on the Lisbon treaty he respected him as a politician and could only be glad that his party had lost a strong rival in Mr. Klaus.