Mayor Hudeček will head TOP 09 candidates list in Prague communal elections

Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček will head the candidates list for the centre-right TOP 09 in communal elections in the autumn, the party’s leadership announced on Monday. Hudeček edged the head of the party’s Prague branch Jiří Vávra by three votes. The decision on who to nominate was preceded by heated debate, the Czech News Agency reported; the 1st spot on the list, if successful in the election, would deliver Mr Hudeček the mayoral seat. In recent days, some TOP 09 members pushed for national party leader Karel Schwarzenberg to head the list, but the former presidential candidate and former foreign minister declined.