The Czech government coalition retained its majority in the Senate

  • The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) won eight seats,
  • the Christian Democratic KDU-CSL seven mandates,
  • while the opposition ANO movement won three mandates.

The elections are still a success for ANO, since the movement has only had two senators so far. The three new senatorial mandates mean that ANO can now have an independent faction in the upper house, reports MTI.

The previously strong Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), which had been ruling several times, did not win a mandate this time either, so it now has only one senator in the upper house. Of the two current opposition parties, the Freedom and Direct Democracy movement still does not have a senator in the upper house.

Milos Vystrcil, the former president of the upper house and the ODS candidate, also won a senatorial mandate in Jihlava, the center of the Vysocina region, against Jana Nagyová, the candidate of the opposition ANO. According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala, president of the ODS, the party will re-nominate Milos Vystrcil for the head of the Senate. The upper house votes every two years, after each partial election, on the person of the new president, who according to the rules is nominated by the strongest senate faction – reports MTI.

The strongest faction will still be the ODS-TOP 09 duo, which will have at least 32 members. It is possible that this faction will also be strengthened by one or two successful independent candidates.

Second place belongs to the Independents and Mayors (STAN)-Independent faction with 20 senators. For the faction, the election represents a failure, because they managed to renew only one mandate out of the six senatorial positions that are expiring now.

The third position belongs to the KDU-CSL-Függetlenek faction, unchanged with 12 members.

Until now, the five-party government coalition could count on the support of 69 senators in the 81-member upper house, but after the current elections, this number dropped to 64, which still represents a comfortable majority.

Two senators from the opposition ANO worked in the ProRegion faction until now. Andrej Babis, the president of the movement, stated that it is still an open question whether the five senators of ANO will now form an independent faction or whether they will remain in ProRegio.

The victory of Jana Zwyrtek Hamplová in Kromeríz in Central Moravia is a surprise. The successful independent lawyer, whom the Prague press calls a far-right activist, defeated the ANO candidate in his district.

In the second round of voting, the turnout was only 19.5 percent, well below the 42.7 percent in the first round. The high participation rate of the first round is primarily due to the traditionally parallel municipal elections.

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