Former PM Paroubek quits politics

Former Prime Minister and ex-chairman of the Social Democrats Jiří Paroubek announced on Friday that he is stepping down as chairman of his party LEV 21. Mr Paroubek told the website Vaše Věc that he wanted to devote more time to his family, and focus on business and publishing activities, adding that his return to politics was unlikely.

Jiří Paroubek, who is now 62, headed the Social Democratic Party from 2006 to 2010 and served as Prime Minister between 2005 and 2006. After leaving the Social Democrats in 2011, he established his own left-oriented party LEV 21, which failed to win seats in the lower house in the past general election. Mr Paroubek currently works as economic advisor.