Increasing Pressure for Jurečka’s Resignation

Petr Hloušek

The atmosphere among the governing People’s Party is intensifying. There are growing calls for an early party congress and the end of Marian Jurečka’s leadership, which was marred by a scandal involving a party during a shooting at the Faculty of Philosophy.

The pressure for change is due to the scandal involving the party’s leader and the party’s long-term poor performance. This sentiment was expressed by a member of parliament and former party leader Pavel Bělobrádek on the party’s online forum. This is not an isolated voice within the parliamentary club.

The scandal with the party has become a catalyst for frustration, which has been building for some time due to low preferences and loss of identity. The People’s Party has only garnered around two to three percent support in recent surveys. Part of the party is also dissatisfied that their traditional brand is almost invisible due to their alliance in the Together coalition.

MP and Deputy Chairman of the South Bohemian organization, Šimon Heller, would welcome a change of leader. “It was a mistake by Marian Jurečka. It’s miserable. We have to do something about the preferences, which are hovering between two and three percent, otherwise the KDU-ČSL could end after a hundred years of existence,” Heller told Novinky.

Other MPs expect that Jurečka will not wait for the congress and will offer his solution to the crisis. “Marian has to evaluate it himself,” noted MP Jiří Navrátil.