Political parties round off lower house election campaigns

Czech political parties are making a last bid to win over wavering voters before polling starts to the lower house on Friday. Leaders of the two biggest political parties will take part in a final television clash. Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek and Civic Democrat leader Petr Nečas face each other for a 90-minute duel on Czech public television on Thursday evening. The debate will be split into three sections: the economy, foreign policy and corruption. A debate on Czech Radio on Wednesday featured personal attacks by the two leaders on each other.

The Civic Democrats held their closing campaign rally in Prague on Thursday afternoon. Their leader ruled out any future deal with the Social Democrats. The Social Democrats have a final evening rally in Brno. Most pre-election polls have put the Social Democrats in the lead but falling short of a majority in the 200-seat lower house.

Author: Chris Johnstone