Czech Republic

Coalition keeps majority but Social Democrats lose seats in Senate elections


After two rounds of voting for the Czech Republic’s upper house or Senate the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU–ČSL) have emerged victorious to the detriment of their coalition partners and the ruling Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD).

The two rounds of voting took place on 7th and 8th October, with a second round on 14th and 15th of October. Up for grabs were 27 of the 81 seats in the Senate.

The KDU–ČSL increased their representation from two to eight seats whilst the ČSSD dropped from 10 to two seats. The third party in the current ruling coalition, ANO, took three seats and the former ruling party, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) continued its spiral down taking just three of the eight seats it had previously held. The remainder of the seats were won by minor or regional parties.

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