Czech Social Democrat chief defies party call to resign

PRAGUE Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:30pm EDT

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka arrives at a news conference at their election headquarters after the country's early general election in Prague October 26, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka arrives at a news conference at their election headquarters after the country's early general election in Prague October 26, 2013.

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka refused to resign as party chairman on Sunday, defying calls from the rest of the party leadership to step down after a winning only a narrow election victory over the weekend.

Sobotka told reporters he would continue working for the party but the split complicates the Social Democrats' aim to build a ruling coalition and form a government.

(Reporting by Robert Muller; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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