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Czech centre-right coalition likely
Country poised to get most stable government in many years as old parties' dominance ends.
Last Modified: 30 May 2010 16:06 GMT
The proposed coalition would have 118 out of the 200 seats in the Czech Republic's parliament [AFP]

Three parties look set to defy tradition and establish a centre-right coalition in the Czech Republic after parliamentary elections.

In voting on Saturday, the conservative Civic Democrat (ODS) and TOP 09 parties, together with the centrist Public Affairs, took a 118-seat parliamentary majority.

TOP 09 and Public Affairs are both new parties.

The election leaves Czechs with potentially the most stable government in many years, with a large majority in the 200-seat chamber.

Political negotiations on a coalition will begin on Monday and could take several weeks.

Petr Necas, ODS's interim chairman, said on Sunday that there was confirmation of "a common will" between the three parties to form a coalition.

The trio are agreed that the country needs to reduce its national debt and undertake fundamental reforms.

Dominance ends

The election results brought an end to the dominance of the leftist Social Democrats (CSSD) and the rightist ODS seen during the last 15 years.

Support for smaller parties increased in relative terms.

The Social Democrats emerged as the biggest party, with 22.1 per cent of the vote - about 10 per cent lower than their result in 2006.

Taking second position was the ODS, with 20.2 per cent, down about 15 per cent from four years ago.

The Social Democrats are not in a position to form a viable coalition.

"It was clear that this election will mean a fundamental weakening of the two large parties. That's the basic result of this vote," Vaclav Klaus, the Czech Republic's president and ODS leader, said.

Tomas Lebeda, an analyst from the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, said: "All that is under 25 per cent is a failure for the big ones, and this is a thrashing."

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