Communist Party leadership collectively resigns after election defeat

Communist Party chairman Vojtěch Filip and the rest of the current leadership resigned on Saturday following unofficial parliamentary election results, which show the party has lost all its seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

With just 3.6 percent of the vote, the party did not pass the 5 percent threshold needed to enter parliament and, for the first time in 30 years, will not be represented in the lower house. Mr Filip called the result disastrous.

Petr Šimůnek and Václav Ort have been put in charge of provisional leadership.

Author: Tom McEnchroe