PRAGUE (AP) — Opposition parties in the Czech Republic have cemented their dominant position in Parliament’s upper house after winning big in an election for a third of the seats in the Senate, as the ruling center-left coalition government suffered a setback.
With nearly all the votes counted Saturday by the Statistics Office, the mostly center-right opposition parties won 26 of the 27 seats up for grabs in the 81-seat Senate in the two-round election.
The senior governing party — the centrist ANO (YES) party led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis — won only one seat. Its coalition partner, the left-wing Social Democrats, won none of the 10 seats they were defending.
Their minority government is supported in Parliament’s lower house by far-left Communists who have no seat in the Senate.