Czech Con­ser­va­tives win poll:

Arab Times - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

A con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion party in the Czech Repub­lic has won an elec­tion for a third of the seats in Par­lia­ment’s up­per house as the rul­ing coali­tion of Prime Min­is­ter An­drej Babis suf­fered a set­back.

With nearly all the votes counted Satur­day by the Sta­tis­tics Of­fice, the Civic Demo­cratic Party won 10 of the 27 seats up for grabs in the 81-seat Se­nate in the two-round elec­tion.

Babis’ ANO (YES) cen­trist move­ment and its coali­tion part­ner, the left­ist So­cial Democrats, won only one seat each.

The op­po­si­tion par­ties now con­trol the Se­nate. Par­lia­ment’s lower house dom­i­nates the leg­isla­tive process, but the Se­nate plays an im­por­tant role in pass­ing con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments and ap­prov­ing Con­sti­tu­tional Court judges. (RTRS)

Maas

Babis

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