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Cyril Svoboda, leader of a grouping of Czech center-right political parties known as the Four-Coalition (Ctyrkoalice), resigns from his position over the formation of a shadow cabinet to oppose the country’s current government. Svoboda is replaced as the coalition’s leader by Karel Kuhnl, chairman of the Freedom Union (Unie svobody), the grouping’s second largest member. Svoboda refused to lead the shadow cabinet because of the presence in it of Miroslav Kalousek, like Svoboda a member of the Christian Democrat Party (KDU-CSL). Svoboda had given party colleagues an ultimatum that he would not sit in the same shadow cabinet as Kalousek and forced them to choose between the two men. They chose Kalousek, who becomes shadow minister of industry and trade. Svoboda’s objections to Kalousek concern his previous work as deputy minister of defence, when he was involved in procurement decisions. Hana Marvanova, another member of the Freedom Union, also exits the Four-Coalition’s leadership over objections to Kalousek’s presence. [Mlada fronta DNES, 4/1/2001]

Entity Tags: Hana Marvanova, Cyril Svoboda, Miroslav Kalousek, Ctyrkoalice, Unie Svobody

Timeline Tags: Misc Entries

Miroslav Kalousek is elected the new chairman of the Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), defeating the current chairman and foreign minister Cyril Svoboda in the second round of voting at the party’s conference in Ostrava. Kalousek obtained 164 votes, whereas Svoboda only got 131, but was then elected to one of the five deputy chairman positions. Shortly before the election, Mirek Topolanek, chairman of the center-right Civic Democratic Party (ODS), had indirectly supported Kalousek over Svoboda in a speech to the conference, whereas Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla of the Social Democrats (CSSD) had offered indirect support to Svoboda, the favourite before the election. Despite this assistance, Svoboda’s position was hampered by his unpopular support for the US-led invasion of Iraq, his pro-European orientation, and, in particular, the party’s poor performance in recent elections, which may be the deciding factor between the two candidates. [Novinky(.cz), 11/8/2003]

Entity Tags: Krestanská a demokratická unie - Ceskoslovenská strana lidová, Cyril Svoboda, Vladimir Spidla, Ceska strana socialne democraticka, Mirek Topolanek, Miroslav Kalousek, Obcanska democraticka strana

Timeline Tags: Misc Entries

The Czech Christian Democrat party (KDU-CSL) re-elects its chairman, Miroslav Kalousek, for another four-year term. There is no other candidate and Kalousek receives 249 of 316 possible votes. [Novinky(.cz), 11/12/2005]

Entity Tags: Krestanská a demokratická unie - Ceskoslovenská strana lidová, Miroslav Kalousek

Timeline Tags: Misc Entries

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