Petr Gazdík elected deputy chair of lower house

Petr Gazdík from TOP 09 was elected deputy chair of the lower house on Thursday, completing the ranks of the chamber’s newly elected leadership. Mr. Gazdík, who failed to win enough support in a previous vote, was elected following an agreement between the emerging coalition parties. He was the only candidate after Tomio Okamura from the Dawn party withdrew his candidacy. The three other deputy chairs are Jaroslava Jermanová from ANO, Communist party MP Vojtěch Filip and Christian Democrat leader Pavel Belobrádek. The Speaker of the Lower House is Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats who won October’s general elections.