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Protracted government-formation process likely as Czech election winner ANO lacks suitable coalition partners

26 October 2017


The Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (Akce Nespokojených Občanů: ANO) party, led by Andrej Babiš, won the Czech parliamentary elections on 20–21 October with almost 30% of the votes, securing 78 of the 200 seats in the Czech chamber of deputies (lower house of parliament).

It was followed by the centre-right Civic Democrats (Občanská Demokratická Strana: ODS), which secured 11.3% of the votes and 25 seats. Seven other parties entered the Czech legislature, including two anti-establishment parties – the Pirates and the Party of the Direct Democracy (Svoboda a Přímá Demokracie: SPD), winning 22 seats each. The centre-left Czech Social Democrats (Česká Strana Sociálne Demokratická: CSSD) – which led the government in 2013–17 alongside ANO and the centrist/conservative Christian Democrats – has recorded its worst historic result, gaining just 15 parliamentary seats compared with 50 in 2013.

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