Former PM Zeman elected new party’s election leader in Ústí region

13-02-2010

Former Social Democrat prime minister Miloš Zeman was elected on Saturday the election leader of his new party the Citizens’ Rights Party, in the Ústí region in northern Bohemia. In the general elections, scheduled for May 2010, he will challenge, among other politicians, the current Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek.

The Citizens’ Rights Party formed last year around Miloš Zeman as a split from Social Democrats. Mr Zeman retired from politics after serving as the prime minister between 1998 and 2002. A year later, he lost his bid to presidency to Václav Klaus.