Profile: TOP 09
TOP 09 was a participant or observer in the following events:
Former foreign minister and current senator Karel Schwarzenberg will lead the newly announced Czech right-wing political party TOP 09, says the party’s founder Miroslav Kalousek. Schwarzenberg will be the only candidate proposed for the position of chairman. Kalousek persuaded the popular 71-year-old Schwarzenberg, formerly associated with the Green Party, to join TOP 09. “The voter expects something new, that will get us out of the politics of the last few years. The sense of TOP 09 is alternative,” says Schwarzenberg at a press conference. [MladÃ¡ fronta DNES, 6/11/2009]
TOP 09, a new right-wing Czech political party guided by Miroslav Kalousek, submits an application for its registration to the Ministry of the Interior. Registering with the ministry is the step that will formally establish the party and allow it to compete in elections. The party’s preparatory committee has already received numerous applications for membership. “We are pleasantly surprised,” says Kalousek. “We thank them [the applicants] and are writing that they can become members when the party is formally established.” [Mlada fronta DNES, 6/15/2009]
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]
Richard Hava, an influential Czech arms dealer and the owner of Omnipol, comes to the headquarters of the center-right party TOP 09, which is celebrating this day’s success in Czech elections to the lower house. “I’ve just stopped here, I support them,” says Hava, who stays for around an hour. Hava adds that he has come to congratulate his friend Miroslav Kalousek, a deputy chairman of the party. “We didn’t discuss anything secret. I just congratulated him when I was going past,” comments Hava. [Hospodarske noviny, 5/29/2010] The friendship between Kalousek and Hava dates to Kalousek’s controversial stint as deputy minister of defense, when he was responsible for procurement (see January 1993). [Novinky(.cz), 2010]
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