Prague - Martin Bursik, former Czech environment minister, was elected chairman of the new Liberal Ecological Party (LES) that he founded in 2013 at its constituent congress today, Samuel Kaspar, from LES, told CTK.
Politik Martin Bursík (na snímku z 24. listopadu 2012) se stal 16. února předsedou Liberálně ekologické strany (LES), kterou loni založil. Bývalý lídr Strany zelených neměl protikandidáta. ČTK Vostárek Josef
Bursik´s election was widely expected. He had no rival to challenge him.
In the secret vote, Bursik was unanimously supported by all 74 delegates present.
The congress of LES (which also means "forest" in Czech) is expected to approve the Liberal Manifesto outlining the party´s ideas and goals.
The document´s authors include Michal Horacek, a well-known businessman and pop lyricist.
Like the Green Party (SZ), which Bursik headed in 2005-2009, LES wants to focus on environment protection.
The lifting of coal mining limits and the construction of new nuclear reactors are matters of the past, LES says.
It wants to follow up the legacy of the late president Vaclav Havel and it criticises the idea of permanent economic growth.
LES, now with some 100 members, was established last autumn.
It plans to run in the EU polls this spring and in the Czech local and Senate elections in autumn.
Bursik himself is to seek a post in the Senate, the upper house of parliament.
Bursik, 54, was environment minister in the caretaker cabinet of Josef Tosovsky in 1998 and in the centre-right cabinet of Mirek Topolanek, where he represented the Greens, in 2007-2009.
He left the Greens in summer 2013 over their alleged "shift leftwards."
The LES congress today elected well-known documentary film-maker Olga Sommerova and university teacher Ivan Rynda its deputy chairpersons.