Government coalition — YES 22:3. Babiš’s “referendum on the government” ends in fiasco for him

The ANO political movement succeeded in making the ODS candidates representatives of “decency” in many places. Photo Facebook ODS

The second round of the senate elections ended in a complete debacle for the candidates of Babiš’s ANO political movement. Out of the eighteen candidates, only two succeeded and only the non-party doctor Zdeněk Matušek in the Frýdek-Místek district was able to defeat the government candidate in a direct confrontation, in the next fifteen duels with the government’s counter-candidates, Babiš’s nominees lost, mostly quite clearly. In Karlovy Vary, the ANO candidate was successful in the second round against her opponent from the SPD, Tomio Okamura. And in Kroměříž, on the other hand, the ANO candidate lost to the anti-vaccination activist Jana Zwyrtek Hamplová, who ran as an independent candidate.

Undoubtedly, the sweetest victory of the governing coalition was achieved in the Jihlava district, where Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (ODS) won over his rival Jana Nagyová (ANO), who was prosecuted in the Čapí nest case, with sixty percent of the vote. The fact that the chairman of the ANO movement and former prime minister Andrej Babiš also participated intensively in her campaign did not help his opponent.

Even in the vast majority of other constituencies, the government’s candidates won quite clearly over their rivals, the exceptions were the Hodonín constituencies, where the People’s Party candidate Eva Rajchmanová overtook her opponent Ladislava Brančíková (ANO) until the last district, Kutná Hora, where the People’s Party candidate doctor Bohuslav Procházka also narrowly beat the current senator for the ČSSD (candidating in a coalition with ANO) Jaromír Strnad and finally in Nové Jičín, where the People’s Party candidate Ivana Váňová also beat the ANO candidate Jaromír Radkovský by less than two hundred votes. God was at home today, it seems.

In addition to the complete fiasco of the ANO candidates, the defeat of the long-time senator Alena Dernerová in Most, where she again ran as an independent with the support of STAN, but more votes than her in the second round, was won by the mayor of Mostek, Jan Paparega, who was running with the support of SPOL. The result from Pilsen, where Daniela Kovářová, running as an independent, succeeded in a duel with SPOL candidate Karel Naxera can be a certain surprise in addition to the success of the conspiracy theorist Zwyrtek-Hamplová.

The government held a solid majority in the Senate even before the elections, but now it will get even stronger

The distribution of forces, which was already clearly set in favor of the government, which had seventy-one mandates compared to the opposition’s ten, before the election, will deviate even more in favor of the government as a result of the election. In this year’s senate elections, the government parties won a total of twenty-two mandates, three will go to the opposition ANO and two female senators will probably remain independent.

The joint Senate club ANO with the ČSSD defended six of the nine mandates, but won only three. The senator’s mandate also expires for the unranked senator Doubrava, burdened by the scandalous support of Russia, who no longer ran. The government’s representation in the upper chamber will thus increase to a total of seventy-three mandates.

The largest increase will certainly be recorded by the ODS and TOP 09 club, which defended all five seats and won eight more, thus growing to thirty-five members. The KDU-ČSL also defended its seven mandates, and its senate club will thus remain twelve members. Even just the three parties forming the TOGETHER coalition will have a majority in the Senate.

On the contrary, the STAN club will weaken. He defended only one of the six mandates, as Senator Růžička, originally elected as TOP 09 and sitting in the STAN club in the past period, is now heading to the ODS-TOP 09 club. The STAN club will thus probably have nineteen members instead of the previous twenty-four.

The Senátor21 club, whose members include pirate senators, will also weaken by one mandate. He defended only one of the two mandates (in Liberec) and so it will probably only have six members in the future. The government is also supported by the independent senator Pavel Fischer, elected four years ago, who has not joined any of the political clubs.

In sum, all of this means that Miloš Vystrčil will certainly continue in the role of President of the Senate. It is even hard to imagine that he could have an opponent under the circumstances. Although in the second round the voter turnout remained below twenty percent, i.e. at an extremely problematic level from the point of view of the legitimacy of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil won in Jihlava over Jana Nagyová with almost double the voter turnout — 38.74% of eligible voters.

In the second round of this year’s change of one-third of the Senate, voters in twenty-four districts decided. Three new senators were already elected in the first round: the mayor of Letohrad and the namesake of the current prime minister Petr Fiala (for KDU-ČSL and Společne pro kraj) in Orlickousteck, the current senator and director of the Krnovsk hospital Ladislav Václavec (for ANO) in Bruntálsk and other advocates member of the upper chamber, current 1st vice-chairman of the senate Jiří Růžička (for TOGETHER) in Prague 6.

Complete results of the 2nd round in individual districts:

  • Beroun: Oberfalzer (ODS) 55.08% x Sidovský (Senator 21) 44.91%
  • Blansko: Vítkova (KDU-ČSL) 65.36% x Žirovnický (ANO) 34.63%
  • Brno-city: potter (TOGETHER) 52.79% x Semrád (YES) 47.2%
  • Brno-city: Soul (for ODS and ČSSD) 62.91% x Vokřál (for ANO) 37.08%
  • Czech Krumlov: Jirsa (ODS) 66.36% x Lorenc (ANO) 33.63%
  • Frýdek-Místek: Matusek (after ANO and ČSSD) 50.98% x Folwarczny 49.01%
  • Hodonin: Rajchmanová (KDU-ČSL) 51.61% x Brančíková (for ANO) 48.38%
  • Jicin: Czernin (TOP 09) 53.83% x Grandfather (YES) 46.16%
  • Jihlava: He pushed out (ODS) 60.03% x Nagyová (ANO) 39.96%
  • Carlsbad: Walking (YES) 67.97% x Chromium (SPD) 32.02%
  • Kroměříž: Zwyrtek Hamplová (independent) 50.65% x Pluhařová (YES) 49.34%
  • Liberec: Canov (SLK) 66.34% x Loučková Kotasová (ANO) 33.65%
  • Mělník: Smotlachová (ODS) 65.22% x Brzobohatá (ANO) 34.77%
  • Most: paparega (TOGETHER) 58.79% x Dernerová (independent) 41.2%
  • Novy Jicin: Vánova (KDU-ČSL) 50.79% x Radkovský (ANO) 49.2%
  • Olomouc: Kantor (for KDU-ČSL) 60.07% x Brázdil (YES) 39.92%
  • Ostrava-city: Nytra (for SPOLU) 51.53 % x Antl (for ANO) 48.46 %
  • Pardubice: Mountain (for KDU-ČSL) 57.23% x Charvát (YES) 42.76%
  • Pilsen-city: Kovářová (independent) 54.06% x Naxera (TOP 09) 45.93%
  • Prague 10: buy (for TOGETHER) 60.44% x Chmelová (for STAN, Zelené, Senator 21) 39.55%
  • Prague 11: Cordova Marvanová (TOGETHER) 67.87% x Kos (Movement for Prague 11, Greens, Senator 21) 32.12%
  • Camp: Weak (TOGETHER) 53.47% x Větrovský (South Bohemia) 46.52%
  • Usti nad Labem: Krsek (Senator 21) 67.71% x Don’t Know (YES) 32.28%

Source: Deník referendum by denikreferendum.cz.

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