Martin Bursík, the head of the Green Party, will continue in his post as party leader. Early Saturday evening Mr Bursík was backed by a majority of delegates, defeating the former education minister Dana Kuchtová, his closest challenger. He was backed by roughly two-thirds of delegates, 227 votes, while Mrs Kuchtová received 109. Mr Bursík and Mrs Kuchtová and their supporters have been at odds over the course the party should take in the future: Mr Bursík, a moderate, had been criticised by a wing within the party for his positive stance on a US radar base proposal, as well as at odds with Mrs Kuchtová on other issues, such as nuclear energy. Saturday will also see the election of new deputy heads as well as discussion on proposed changes to the party’s organisation. Dana Kuchtová has already confirmed she will run for the post of first deputy leader.
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