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Czech election 2012 – new regional governments and new faces in the Senate

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The election, which took place in the Czech Republic in October 2012, brought a change in the balance of political power and resulted in victory for left-wing parties in regional governments and the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. For the first time in the history of the Czech Republic, a person who was born in Asia was elected senator, Czech-Japanese Tomio Okamura.

Left-wing parties (Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) and Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM)) won in eleven out of thirteen regions. The up-to-now ruling right-wing Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was victorious only in the Plzen Region. The Liberec Region saw the victory of the local political party called Mayors for the Liberec Region.

Social democrats have also gained more representatives in the Senate, with 13 more seats and they now count 46 representatives of their party in the Senate. The communists did not manage to repeat their success from the regional election, and defended only a single seat (they now have two representatives). It even seemed that for the first time in the history of this chamber of parliament, the communists would be represented by a senator for the capital city of Prague after the first round of the election. Communist Jiří Dolejš proceeded to the second round in the Prague 8 election district while leading with 22.05% of the votes. He was closely followed by senator Daniela Filipiová representing ODS with 21.71%. In the second round, Filipiová saw a crushing victory over Dolejš by gaining 62.42% of the votes in comparison with 37.57% for Dolejš. Filipiová also gained the highest number of votes from all candidates elected to the Senate in this election. Her victory also contributed to the fact that left-wing parties did not gain a constitutional majority in the Senate of the CR.

Both the regional and senatorial elections did not raise much interest in the citizens of the Czech Republic. While only 36.89% of rightful electors voted in the regional election and the senatorial election first round, which took place at the same time, the second round of senatorial election was decided by even less voters, only 18.61%.
Author: Andrea Kábelová
Source: www.volby.cz
Added: 03.12.2012

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