Czech Republic

Social Democrats strengthen Senate control


The Czech left has won a clear control of the upper house or senate following Friday’s one third elections. The Social Democrats were the big winners, taking 13 of the 27 seats available in the election. This gives the left 49 of the 81 seats in the Senate.

The ruling Civic Democratic Party (ODS) did badly, dropping ten seats, leaving them with only 15 of the 81 seats in the Senate.

The results are as follows:

• Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) 46 seats seat, up five seats on the 2010 result
• Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 15 seats, down ten seats on the 2010 result
• Christian and Democratic Union –Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL) remain on six seats
• Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) remain on two seats despite being in the running for ten of the 27 seats
• TOP 09 a junior coalition government partner drops one seat to four seats.

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