The right-of-centre Civic Democrat’s Prague organisation has approved former Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Němcová as its leader and Prague branch head Bohuslav Svoboda as number two on its candidates list in the upcoming election. The party’s Prague branch elected Mrs Němcová unanimously on Tuesday evening; however, the battle for the other leading positions on the candidates’ list lasted several hours. The final selections were confirmed only at around 3 AM. The Civic Democrats’ executive council will still have to approve the final line-up.
In Prague, Mrs Němcová will run against TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg, trade union leader Jaroslav Zavadil (running for the Social Democrats), Christian Democrat candidate Daniel Herman (the former director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes) Green Party chairman Ondřej Liška, and the Communist Party’s Marta Semelová. The election is set for October 25 and 26.
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