Civic Democrat leader says party should rally to regain public trust

06-12-2008

Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek, who is defending his place as the head of the Civic Democrats, said the party was going in the right direction both domestic and foreign-policy wise, but that it had made a lot of mistakes along the way for which he was ready to accept part of the blame. He said it was time to learn from those mistakes, bring an end to party-infighting and regain the party’s lost trust. The prime minister said the Civic Democrats had pushed ahead with reforms without properly explaining them to the public, had tarnished the party’s image with scandals and infighting and totally underestimated the importance of public relations.