Czech political party TOP 09 held a leadership election on 26 November 2017, following the party's poor result in the 2017 Czech legislative election.Jiří Pospíšil was elected as the new leader.
Miroslav Kalousek was elected leader in 2015. His term expired in November 2017. It was speculated that the outcome of the election would depend on the party's result in the 2017 legislative election.Kalousek said that he would resign if the party achieved a poor result in the election.
The party was heavily defeated and received only 5%. Speculation about possible successors to Kalousek started, centring on Markéta Pekarová Adamová and Jiří Pospíšil.On 24 October 2017, Kalousek announced that he would not seek reelection.
Pekarová Adamová said she was considering running and that she would decide within a week,eventually deciding not to run, to focus on her family instead. Ludmila Štvánová announced her candidacy on 3 November 2017. On 4 November 2017, MEP Luděk Niedermayer joined the party, provoking speculation about his possible candidacy. Jakub Lepš, whose candidacy was suggested by Karel Schwarzenberg, admitted that he could run.
On 4 November 2017, the Prague branch of TOP 09 nominated Jiří Pospíšil for party leader. Pospíšil later confirmed his candidacy. He also received support from regional branches in Plzeň, South Moravia and Hradec Králové.By 25 November 2017, Pospíšil was the only official candidate, with Štvánová having failed to receive any nominations. On 26 November 2017, Pavel Němec announced his candidacy.
The election was held on 26 November 2017. Pospíšil received 147 votes of 177 and became the new leader. Němec received 13 votes.
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