Prague - Lukas Cernohorsky, 30, was elected a new chairman of the extra-parliamentary Czech Pirate Party today, replacing Ivan Bartos, 34, who headed the party from October 2009 with the exception of a six-month break and resigned in June.
Nový předseda České pirátské strany Lukáš Černohorský (vpravo) přijmá gratulci od svého předchůdce Ivana Bartoše na zasedání celostátního fóra strany, které mělo 2. srpna v Praze na programu volbu nového předsednictva, tedy předsedy a čtyř místopředsedů. ČTK Kamaryt Michal
Bartos then said he would bear political responsibility for the result of the May European Parliament (EP) election, in which the Pirates had won 4.78 percent of the vote, ending closely below the 5-percent threshold.
Cernohorsky, head of the party´s Moravian-Silesian organisation, clearly beat his two rival candidates, Ivo Vasicek, former member of the Pirates´ leadership, and its Prague election leader Jakub Michalek.
Cernohorsky said his task would be to harmonise all opinion streams in the party and guarantee that all members could cooperate productively.
He recalled that the work of the party´s former leadership had often been affected by its members´ personal conflicts.
Cernohorsky wants to change the rules of the party´s financial management and its website to create a uniform graphic style, he said in his speech before the election.
He also called on the party´s candidates in the autumn local polls to stick to the Pirates´ programme.
The Pirates´ national forum is yet to elect four deputy chairpersons from 15 candidates, including Vasicek and Michalek.
The Czech Pirate Party was established in June 2009 after the success of similar entities abroad. Its aim is to promote the right to a free dissemination of information and a strict protection of privacy in the information society of the 21st century.
In the early election to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, in October 2013, the Pirate Party gained 2.66 percent of the vote and was supported by 132,417 people.
It did not cross the 5-percent parliamentary threshold but it was entitled to state support of some 13 million crowns to cover the election costs.