Profile: Obcanska democraticka strana
Obcanska democraticka strana was a participant or observer in the following events:
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]
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]
The Social Democratic party (CSSD) wins the most seats in elections to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament. However, due to a lack of viable coalition partners it will probably not be able to form a government. The CSSD wins 56 seats, but the other left-wing party, the Communists (KSCM), only wins 28, giving them a total of 82 out of 200 available seats even if they did manage to work together. In contrast, the three center-right parties that get into parliament obtain a total of 118 seats, with the Civic Democratic Party taking 53, TOP 09 taking 41, and Public Affairs (VV) 24. Therefore, it appears most likely that the three center-right parties will form a government. [Lidove noviny, 5/29/2010]
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