Deputies take part in constituent session of new parliament
Deputies elected last month took part in a constituent session of the Czech lower house on Monday afternoon. The session was chaired by Miroslava Němcová, who was speaker of the house during the last parliament; one of the first tasks of the new lower house is to choose her successor. Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats, who came first in October’s elections, is expected to win the post. The average age of the new intake of MPs is just under 50, making this the oldest parliament since the foundation of the Czech Republic. Thirty-nine of the deputies are women – five fewer than after elections in 2010.