Svoboda to step down if Christian Democrats fail to get to lower house


The head of the Christian Democrats, Cyril Svoboda, has said that if his party fails to make it into the Chamber of Deputies in the national election this year, he will step down as party chairman. Mr Svoboda made the statement on private broadcaster TV Prima on Sunday, adding that he did not think a failure to get into the lower house was likely. He indicated that in the event it did happen, it would be difficult to imagine him staying on. Polls have suggested that voter support for the Christian Democrats is hovering at around 5 percent – which is the minimal threshold for any party to make it into the Chamber of Deputies.