Social Democrat leadership meets to discuss election of chairman

The executive committee of the Social Democratic Party has decided against direct election of the party’s chairman. The election will be made by delegates at the party conference in Brno in March as opposed to all party members being allowed to vote. The Social Democrats have pondered direct election of the chairman for several years now, and it is favoured by both primary candidates, current chairman Bohuslav Sobotka and the Governor of South Moravia Michal Hašek. Opponents of the idea warn it would cost three million crowns and could not be effectively organised in time.