TOP 09 leaders in Prague quit party

Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček of the TOP 09 party, and the head of the group’s Prague organization, Jiří Vávra, have both quit the party. The officials, who have become bitter rivals, offered their resignations just days after the party failed to win local elections in Prague, and will most likely lose the post of the mayor for the next four-year term. The men clashed over nominations for the party ballot in Prague, and have accused each other of maintaining contacts with political opponents and lobbyists. TOP 09 leadership, which on Wednesday accepted their resignations, said their disputes had been damaging the party’s reputation with voters.

Author: Jan Richter