Czech Elections: Opposition coalitions victorious

In a surprising result, the opposition SPOLU coalition received the most votes in this weekend's parliamentary elections. SPOLU won 27.79 percent of the vote and will have 71 seats in the lower house of Parliament - the Chamber of Deputies.

The ruling ANO party placed second with 27.12 percent of the vote, but will have still have one more seat than SPOLU.

The other major opposition coalition, comprised of the Pirate Party and the Mayors and Independents (STAN), received 15.62 percent of the vote, folowed by the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party with 9.56 percent.

No other party got the 5 percent of the vote necessary to win a seat in the lower house, including the Social Democrats and Communist Party, which had been represented in parliament since the foundation of the Czech Republic.

The Social Democrats received 4.65 percent of the vote, the Communist Party just 3.6 percent. The upstart Oath party fared better, with 4.68 percent of the vote, just shy of the 5 percent threshold.

The question of who will be asked to form a government now lies with President Zeman.

Author: Tom McEnchroe