Kuchtová defeated by Bursík in run for party leadership

07-09-2008

Green Party member and former education minister Dana Kuchtová has failed in her bid to replace Martin Bursík as the Green Party’s leader. Early Saturday evening a majority of delegates at the Green Party’s congress in Teplice, gave Mr Bursík 227 votes to Mrs Kuchtová’s 109. Dana Kuchtová subsequently failed in her bid for deputy chairwoman, defeated by close Bursík ally, Ondřej Liška, the current education minister. Other deputies elected on the night were Kateřina Jacques and Martin Ander. The results of the vote are expected to quell division within the Green Party only slightly: according to analysts, members of the party remain divided on a number of issues. These include plans for a US radar base on Czech territory and ongoing reforms in healthcare.