Filip re-elected chairman of the Communist party


Vojtěch Filip has been re-elected chairman of the Communist Party. He beat his sole rival Stanislav Grospic in the second round of elections getting 275 votes to Grospič’s 168. The old-new chairman made a rousing speech at the two-day party conference saying the time was ripe for revolutionary changes and accusing the centre right government of impoverishing the vast majority of the population. The Communist Party now has 26 seats in the 200-member lower house but opinion polls have seen it gaining strength – one of the most recent surveys showed it second only to the Social Democrats with 14 percent of the vote.