Leftist party finishing first in Czech election

Two left-wing parties appear to have finished first and third in the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election but failed to win enough seats to use their alliance to form a coalition government.

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Published: Sat 26 Oct 2013, 10:59 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:34 PM

The two-day election, which concluded on Saturday, was called to end a political crisis triggered by the centre-right government’s collapse.

With the votes from 98 per cent of the nation’s polling stations counted, the Czech Statistics Office said the left-wing Social Democrats won 20.63 per cent and the Communists received 15.04 per cent.

The new centrist ANO (YES) movement, which campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, finished second with 18.70 per cent.

The rest of the votes were won by four other parties.

The election was called after Prime Minister Petr Necas’ centre-right coalition broke down in June amid corruption allegations.

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