Marek Benda will replace Zbynek Stanjura as head of the Civic Democrats’ deputies group in the lower house of Parliament. The forty-four-year-old Benda was nominated for the post by the party’s leadership and received 33 out of 44 votes in a secret ballot. Jan Bureš is to serve as his deputy. Zbynek Stanjura left the post after being appointed transport minister last week. The Civic Democrats’ deputies group currently has 49 members.