Czech PM happy pro-European parties place in three top positions


26.05.2014 00:47

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said he is glad pro-European parties placed in three top positions in the European Parliament (EP) polls and CSSD election leader Jan Keller said he is concerned about low turnout.


Zleva Milan Chovanec a Bohuslav Sobotka na tiskové konferenci ČSSD uspořádané 25. května po oznámení výsledků voleb do Evropského parlamentu. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

Chamber of Deputies chairman Jan Hamacek (CSSD) said the election result is a draw of the first three parties and that he does not consider the result a vote against the government of the CSSD, ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

The CSSD placed third, gaining 14.17 percent of the vote.

Andrej Babis, chairman of the winning ANO movement (16.13 percent), said the movement has defended its position on the political scene.

But he said the it had a bigger potential and criticised some of his party colleagues who, he said, concentrated more on the autumn local elections than on the European.

The leaders of the opposition TOP 09 consider the second place (15.95 percent) a great success.

Party chairman Karel Schwarzenberg and deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek said the result was also due to the low turnout.

Jiri Pospisil, formerly Civic Democrats (ODS), who was running for TOP 09 in second position, got the most preferential votes of all parties´ candidates and even beat TOP 09´s election leader Ludek Niedermayer.

ANO, TOP 09 and the CSSD will each have four mandates in the EP.

Vojtech Filip, chairman of the Communists (KSCM), said he considers fourth position and 10.98 percent of the vote a success.

The party has lost one mandate and will have three MEPs.

The junior government Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) chairman Pavel Belobradek hailed his party´s gain of 9.95 percent of the vote, which translates into four mandates. This is one more than the party has now.

Petr Fiala, chairman of the opposition Civic Democrats (ODS), said he considers the gain of 7.5 percent of the vote and two mandates success, given the crisis the party is experiencing now.

The party has nine mandates in the outgoing EP.

The extra-parliamentary Party of Free Citizens considers the crossing of the 5 percent barrier (it gained 5.24 percent of the vote and one mandate) a great success, its chairman and election leader Petr Mach said.


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