published: 26.10.2013, 19:19 | updated: 26.10.2013 19:26:48
Prague - The October 25-26 early general elections were not a duel between the left as the right wing, they showed that people mistrust established parties and do not mind new entities being non-transparent, political analysts addressed by CTK said today.
Two new parties, the ANO (Yes) 2011 movement of billionaire Andrej Babis and the Dawn of Direct Democracy of senator Tomio Okamura, entered the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament for the fist time.
On the contrary, the results of the Social Democrats (CSSD) and Civic Democrats (ODS) were worse than their expectations though the former won the polls. Their election results have been the worst since the establishment of the independent Czech Republic in 1993.
Analyst Tomas Lebeda told Czech Television that voters, mainly the right-wing ones, were hesitating a lot in the elections.
The election campaign lacked a main topic since it was not a left-right duel unlike in the past and the offered alternatives were not presented as liberals, conservatives or socialists either, which voters did not mind, however, Lebeda added.
The general election was won by the Social Democrats (CSSD) with 20.6 percent, followed by ANO (18.6 percent), Communists (KSCM) with 15 percent, TOP 09 (12 percent), Civic Democrats (ODS) with almost 8 percent, the Dawn and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) gaining some 7 percent each.
Lebeda said the decline is the CSSD´s support was a paradox as the party gained less than after it spent eight years in the government in 2006 (32 percent).
Analyst Michal Klima said this year´s elections had a character of a protest.
The crisis of established political parties is connected with the penetration of interest groups from business and even organised crime into high politics, Klima added.
Voters stop trusting traditional parties and they do not regard the left-right division as the key issue despite political analyst´s warning, Lebeda pointed out.
Analysts also commented on the failure of the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), of which President Milos Zeman is honorary chairman and a keen supporter. It did not cross the 5-percent parliamentary threshold.
Voters may have been disgusted by internal controversies in the SPOZ as well as Zeman´s open promotion of it, analyst Jan Outly said.
Besides, the SPOZ did not have a clear leader, he added.
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