Topolánek calls for unity
Shortly after the vote, Mr. Topolánek called on the party to unite and rise to the challenges ahead. He said the party was going in the right direction both domestic and foreign-policy wise, but that it had made a lot of mistakes along the way for which he was ready to accept part of the blame. He said it was time to learn from those mistakes, bring an end to party-infighting and regain the party’s lost trust. “We must fill in the trenches and bridge differences which seemed unbridgeable only yesterday” the newly elected leader appealed.