Social Democrat party branch calling for change

A senior member of the Social Democratic Party, Jeroným Tejc, has announced he is leaving the party after twenty years. Tejc said he was disillusioned by the party leadership’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for what he described as the debacle in October’s general elections, and that he saw no will in the party for change.

The party is to hold an election conference in February, but the current leadership rejected a proposal for the party leader to be elected in a direct vote rather than by delegates as hereto.

The South Moravian party branch of which Tejc is a member, has called on outgoing Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to give up his deputy post over the party’s poor showing in the elections. The party won just over 7 percent of the vote and is headed for the opposition.