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Profile: KrestanskÃ¡ a demokratickÃ¡ unie - CeskoslovenskÃ¡ strana lidovÃ¡
KrestanskÃ¡ a demokratickÃ¡ unie - CeskoslovenskÃ¡ strana lidovÃ¡ was a participant or observer in the following events:
Miroslav Kalousek, who will go on to be an influential Czech politician, joins a political party for the first time. He becomes a member of the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL), which at this time is a minority partner in a Communist-led National Front government of Czechoslovakia. [Novinky(.cz), 2010]
Miroslav Kalousek, who will go on to become an influential Czech politician, takes his first government job. He is hired as the head of a specialist section subordinate to Czechoslovak Deputy Prime Minister Antonin Baudys. [Novinky(.cz), 2010]
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]
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]
Czech President Vaclav Klaus appoints a new government of the Czech Republic. The incoming prime minister is Mirek Topolanek, of the right-leaning Civic Democratic Party (ODS). The government comprises a coalition of three parties, led by the ODS, but also including the center-right Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and central Green Party (SZ). Besides Topolanek, the leading figures in the government include Jiri Cunek, chairman of the Christian Democrats and minister for local development, Miroslav Kalousek (KDU-CSL), who will be minister of finance, and Martin Bursik, chairman of the Green Party and minister of the environment. The government now has 30 days to win a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament. [Mlada fronta DNES, 1/9/2007]
A number of high-profile personalities leave the Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL). The first to go is former party chairman Miroslav Kalousek, who has already announced his intention to leave and form a new party, to be called TOP 09. He is followed by lower house deputy, Vlasta Parkanova, who intends to follow Kalousek into TOP 09, her colleague Pavel Severa, and Senator Ludmila Mullerova. The exits mean that a total of five deputies have recently left the party. “Today I left the party and handed over my party card,” says Kalousek, adding that the KDU-CSL’s deputies club can throw him out if it wants. Whereas Severa says he is upset at the recent election of Cyril Svoboda to the position of party chairman, because of personal issues—in particular a property dispute—Svoboda is involved in, Parkanova is unhappy over an apparent move by the party to the left. [Novinky(.cz), 6/9/2009]
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