Pirates remove Ruml from ticket for Senate after vote

Former minister of the interior Jan Ruml will not now stand for the Pirate Party in elections to the Senate later this year after a national party vote opted to remove him from the ticket. Two-thirds of participants voted to remove Mr. Ruml, a spokesperson said.

Pirates’ leader Ivan Bartoš said the move was an example of direct party democracy in practice. Former dissident Ruml was a leading member of the Civic Democrats in the 1990s and was previously senator for the Prague 6 constituency.