Czech MEP Jiri Pospisil, a former justice minister, has been nominated by the Prague branch of the new TOP 09 to lead the party

In a secret vote, 77% of the TOP 09 Prague delegates voted in support of his nomination. No other candidate for party leader was proposed.

Pospisil said TOP 09 branches in northern and southern Moravia, Hradec Kralove Region and the Plzen region backed his candidacy for chairman, too.

As reported by the Prague Daily Monitor, Pospisil promised to cooperate with centre-right parties, which means primarily with the mayors and Independents (STAN) and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL). He said the three parties might join forces in the local elections next year.

After the centre-right TOP 09 only narrowly crossed the threshold to enter parliament in the October general election and failed to defend most of its parliamentary seats, Miroslav Kalousek, the party’s mastermind, said he would not be defending his post at the TOP 09 election congress on November 25-26.

According to Prague Daily Monitor, without its relative success in Prague, TOP 09 would not succeed in entering the Chamber of Deputies. The party won 5.3% of the vote in the elections, but it Prague it gained 12.6%.

Pospisil, 41, was previously a member of the right-wing Civic Democratic Party (ODS) from 1998 to early 2014 when he fell out with it, citing a bilateral loss of trust. He was justice minister in 2006-09 and 2010-12 and ODS deputy chairman in 2010-14.

He started cooperating with TOP 09 and was elected to the European Parliament for it as an unaffiliated contender. He was also elected to the Plzen regional assembly for TOP 09 in 2016. Last week, he became a member of TOP 09.