1996 Civic Democratic Party leadership election

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  1995 9 December 1996 1997  
Turnout95.8%
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Candidate Václav Klaus
Electoral vote249
Percentage81%

Leader of ODS before election

Václav Klaus

Elected Leader of ODS

Václav Klaus

A leadership election for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was held in the Czech Republic on 9 December 1996. Václav Klaus was reelected leader of ODS. Election was part of 7th Congress of the party. Klaus received 249 votes of 295. [1] It was the last time when leader was elected for one-year term. [2] Christian Democratic Party was merged with ODS at the congress. Delegates also voted in favour of change of political style. [3]

Klaus' victory wasn't as decisive as in previous elections which was considered a sign of tension within the party. Some members of the party delivered critical speeches during the election. This includes Jan Ruml and Josef Zieleniec. [4]

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