No clear way forward
Sunday, 27 October 2013 16:35

THERE is no clear path to a stable Czech government after seven parties passed the 5% threshold to make it into parliament during voting on October 25th and 26th. While the Social Democrats (ČSSD) took the most votes, a strong showing by ANO—a political vehicle for the country’s second-richest man—rode a wave of popular discontent to further fracture an already tense political environment.

ČSSD took 20.45% of the vote, followed by ANO with 18.65% and the Communists (KSČM) with 14.91%. The right-of-centre TOP 09 and Civic Democrats (ODS) took 11.99% and 7.72% respectively. Usvít (Dawn), a party some have termed “proto-fascist”, took 6.88% and the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) 6.78%. The result is a disappointment for the ČSSD, which hoped to secure at least 70 spots in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies but instead won just 50. The party had sought to form a minority government backed by the Communists, but the Communists also underperformed. ČSSD now finds itself in a familiar position. It is the country’s single most popular party, but has no clear path to forming a coalition...Continue reading

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