published: 04.09.2013, 08:45 | updated: 04.09.2013 08:48:02
Prague - The Civic Democrat (ODS) Prague organisation approved former Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova as its leader for the October 25-26 early general election, and Prague branch head Bohuslav Svoboda as number two, the assembly decided in small hours today.
Former MP Jana Cernochova will be third on the list of ODS candidates in the capital.
On the contrary, former environment minister and Prague 6 ex-mayor Tomas Chalupa did not enter the list of candidates at all.
The Prague branch´s assembly elected Nemcova quickly and unanimously on Tuesday evening. However, the battle for the other leading posts on the candidates´ list lasted for hours and the decision was made only after 03:00 today.
The ODS executive council will be approving the final lineup on the candidates´ list on Friday.
ODS deputy chairwoman Nemcova is also the party´s national election leader.
She was the former government coalition´s candidate for prime minister during the crisis that erupted after the previous PM Petr Necas (ODS) resigned in mid-June amid a criminal scandal involving his closest aide and his centre-right coalition government ended with him.
In the past she was running in the Vysocina region constituency from where she comes.
The delegates to the Prague ODS assembly were choosing between two lists of candidates. They eventually nodded to the first, proposed by former Prague mayor Svoboda, which did not include Chalupa.
He proposed his own list of candidates without Svoboda and with Cernochova placed second, according to CTK information.
However, Chalupa has still a chance of running in the elections to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament. The ODS executive council may nominate him at the end.
He told CTK that he would like to run in Prague only.
In the early general election, Nemcova will compete with TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg, trade union leader Jaroslav Zavadil, running for the Social Democrats (CSSD), Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) candidate Daniel Herman, former director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR), Greens (SZ) chairman Ondrej Liska and hard-core Communist (KSCM) Marta Semelova.
The Prague ODS was also considering electing its new leadership since the mandate of the present one expires in late October. However, the delegates eventually decided to extend its mandate by the end of November.
09.12.2013 | 09:44
09.12.2013 | 09:39
09.12.2013 | 07:53
Czech press survey - December 9
09.12.2013 | 07:19
Zeman says he will interfere in new Czech cabinet´s lineup
08.12.2013 | 18:34
New Czech govt to introduce three VAT rates, lowest on medicines
08.12.2013 | 15:59