published: 27.10.2013, 19:52 | updated: 27.10.2013 20:26:31
Prague - The Czech Social Democratic Party´s (CSSD) presidium today called on party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka to resign, but he refused to do so, saying he does not want the party to lose its autonomy and be under the influence of the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ).
The CSSD´s broader leadership, however, expelled Sobotka from the team that is negotiating about a future government after this early general election.
Sobotka was replaced in the team by Jeronym Tejc, former head of the CSSD deputy group.
"The CSSD presidium calls on chairman Bohuslav Sobotka to shoulder direct personal and political reponsibility for the CSSD´s historically worst result in elections to the Chamber of Deputies and to immediately resign as CSSD chairman," says a resolution proposed by Brno Mayor Roman Onderka.
The resolution was supported by 20 out of 33 presidium members.
Sobotka dismissed the call. He said he can only be dismissed as chairman in a secret ballot of the central executive committee.
He said if the central executive committee meets and makes such a decision, he is ready to respect it.
Sobotka said he considers today´s meeting of the presidium continuation of the attack on the autonomy of the party that he wants to continue to defend from the position of chairman.
The CSSD did win the elections, but it got only 20.46 percent of the vote and has 50 lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies, which is far fewer than expected and it is not sufficient to form the planned minority government with Communists´(KSCM) support.
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