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The general election held in the Czech Republic on 2-3 June has proven inconclusive, with the new parliament balanced exactly between the left and right.

The Civic Democrats emerged as the largest party, with 81 seats, with their allies the Christian Democrats getting 13 seats and the Greens getting six seats. The Social Democrats obtained 74 seats and their Communist allies won 26, which means that the two blocs each have 100 seats.

President Vaclav Klaus has asked Mirek Topolanek, as leader of the largest party, the Civic Democrats, to start negotiations on forming a new government, but it is thought highly unlikely that there will be a left-right coalition of all the parties in parliament, which will mean that the new government is likely to have no majority.

Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 35.38 per cent 81 seats
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) 32.32 per cent 74 seats
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) 12.81 per cent 26 seats
Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU-CSL) 7.22 per cent 13 seats
Green Party (SZ) 6.29 per cent 6 seats
Association of Independents - European Democrats (SNK) 2.08 per cent ---
Others 3.90 per cent ---
Turnout 64.5 per cent
Total 100 per cent 200 seats

5 June 2006

 Last updated: 06/06/2006 11:17:00

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