Ondřej Liška elected Green Party chairman
The acting chairman of the Green Party Ondřej Liška has been confirmed in the post at a Green Party conference, defeating two other contenders by a large margin. While the new Green Party leadership believes it now has enough support to curb internal infighting and address waning voter support, leading the party to success in the next elections will be an uphill struggle.
The newly elected chairman of the Green Party Ondřej Liška thanked the party conference for support in Brno on Saturday. After a six-month term as the party’s acting chair, he received 170 out of 252 votes, defeating his nearest rival Matěj Stropnický by a landslide. After the vote, the new Green leader told Czech Radio it was his vision that had persuaded the delegates.
After the general elections of 2006, former leader Martin Bursík took the Greens into a coalition government and began to pursue a liberal rather than core environmental agenda. This lead to the party’s near collapse, when two of its MPs joined the opposition in lower house of Parliament and eventually helped topple the government in March this year.
“I think that many voters who abandoned the Greens but may consider voting fore them again wanted to hear a different message than what they heard at the congress where Mr Liška said the Green Party was a centrist party which will choose its coalition partners depending on its priorities, and so on. This was a rather vague message, and I think that many voters who abandoned the Greens wanted to hear that this time around, if they make it into Parliament, they will behave in a more principled way.”