Government does badly in local elections
The governing Civic Democratic Party (ODS) suffered widespread defeats in local elections which took place on 12th and 13th October across much of the country.
The elections were for regional assembly elections across 13 of the 14 regions in the country, all except the capital, Prague. Elections also took place for the first round of the Senate elections.
Early results give the ODS led by Prime Minister Peter Nečas just 12.28% of the vote about half of the 2008 result. The opposition Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) took 23.58% of the vote. The ČSSD are the largest party in the parliament but are currently in opposition. Before the local elections they were also in charge of all 13 regions up for grabs.
The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) also did well, taking 20.43% of the vote as did a number of smaller parties in their local regions.