Seven Parties Win Seats in Czech Republic

Nov. 1, 2013, 10:57 a.m.

Early elections were held on October 25, 2013 after the resignation of Prime Minister Jiří RUSNOK and the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies in August 2013.

In the election, 200 members were elected to the Chamber of Deputies through a flexible-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms in 14 multi-member constituencies. In order to gain seats in the Chamber of Deputies, a party must past the 5 percent threshold at the nationwide level. In the election, 7 parties cleared the threshold for representation.

In the election, 5,007,212 Czechs (59.44 percent) cast their ballots. The party receiving the most votes was the Czech Social Democratic Party / Česká strana sociálně demokratická (ČSSD) led by Bohuslav SOBOTKA. The ČSSD received 1,016,829 votes (20.45 percent) in the election and was allocated 50 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (a loss of 6 seats from the previous election), falling far short of the 70 seats they were projected to win.

A new political party led by Andrej BABIŠ, the Czech Republic's second richest man, called ANO 2011 came in second in the election with 927,240 votes (18.65 percent), giving the party 47 seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia / Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy (KSČM) finished third in the election with 741,044 votes (14.91 percent), which gave the party 33 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Also receiving seats in the Chamber of Deputies were TOP 09 (26 seats), the Civic Democratic Party / Občanská demokratická strana (16 seats), Dawn of Direct Democracy / Úsvit přímé demokracie (14 seats), and the Christian and Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party / Křesťanská a demokratická unie – Československá strana lidová (14 seats).

President Miloš ZEMAN will now decide who will have the opportunity to form the governing coalition in the Chamber of Deputies.

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