published: 20.10.2012, 16:08 | updated: 20.10.2012 16:12:22
Prague - The Czech left will have a constitutional majority of 49 mandates in the 81-seat Senate for the first time after the elections to one third of the upper house of parliament that ended today.
The Social Democrats (CSSD) together with Communists (KSCM) and Vladimir Dryml, from the Party of Citizens´ Rights of Milos Zeman (SPOZ), won the necessary 14 seats.
The left could use the majority for a change to constitutional laws or the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms only if it also gained a constitutional majority in the next elections to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament.
The senior government Civic Democrats (ODS) lost ten mandates and will only have 15 senators, the least since the Senate was established in 1996.
The junior government TOP 09/STAN defended two mandates, but it is short of one senator to preserve its five-member group.
The Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) defended two mandates and will have minimally six senators.
The KSCM will not have a senator group even at the ninth try. They would have needed to gain four mandates, but only one out of its 12 candidates won. The party will again have only two senators.
The Severecesi.cz movement from north Bohemia will also again have two senators.
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