Czech elections: Social Democrats gain only slight lead over ANO 2011
The elections to the lower house have once again been won by the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) with only a slight margin of victory, just like the elections of three years ago. The ANO 2011 political movement ended up closely behind the ČSSD.
The Civic Democrats (ODS), who were the governing party before the early elections were called, have now lost almost four-fifths of their MPs. Other parties to be seated in parliament include the Christian Democrats, the communists, TOP 09 and Úsvit přímé demokracie ("Dawn of Direct Democracy").
Both of the parties connected to President Zeman, the SPOZ and the Head's Up! bloc, will not be seated in the lower house, according to data on the official website for the elections. Seven parties will be seated in the lower house, two more than three years ago.
According to preliminary data, voter turnout was slightly above 59 %. Of the other groups that did not make it into the lower house, the Green Party did best, with 3 % of the vote.
The Free Party and the Pirates won around 2.5 % of the vote each, while the SPOZ won 1.5 %. None of the other groups exceeded 1 % of the vote.
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- Karel Karika, candidate for the Czech lower house: Roma must not be exploited into selling their votes
- David Beňák: Romani legislators would decidedly not get lost in the lower house
- David Tišer, candidate for Czech lower house: Roma interests can only be guaranteed by sitting in Parliament
- Alena Gronzíková: Romale, don't be lazy, vote! Otherwise Okamura will govern us!
- Iveta Bílková: Romani people must vote - it is a citizen's most basic right
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Tags:Volby, Czech republic, ČSSD, Election 2013
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