Social Democrats’ Hamáček elected speaker of lower house
MPs in the newly-elected Chamber of Deputies convened on Wednesday to choose by secret ballot, a new speaker as well as deputy speakers from seven candidates. Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats was elected chairman by an overwhelming majority. But filling the posts of deputy speakers, by contrast, is likely to be less clear-cut.
“I think that the result – 195 out of 198 votes – proves that Mr Hamáček was a good choice, someone respected or accepted by many, and at the end of the day a former deputy speaker in the former chamber. I think his election to the post will guarantee a smooth running of the Chamber of Deputies.”
Only two candidates – Jaroslava Jermanová of ANO and Pavel Bělobrádek – the head of the Christian Democrats – are likely to be elected in the first round, while the battle for the last two posts among three remaining parties, the Communists, TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats may be more difficult. Former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek, of TOP 09, summed up the situation ahead of the vote.
Voting on the four deputy chairpersons will begin later on Wednesday; if MPs fail to vote on all four, they will try and resolve the matter in two day’s time.