PES congratulates the Czech Social Democratic Party on victory in regional and senatorial elections
The Party of European Socialists (PES) welcomes the historic victory of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) in the regional and senatorial elections held in the Czech Republic in the last weeks. On October 12 and 13, the ČSSD won the largest share of the vote in the majority of the regions – 30.37 percent of the overall votes –, and led to a clear victory of the left in the traditionally conservative Senate. This support was amplified in the second round of the senatorial elections on October 19 and 20 with a constitutional majority of 46 seats out of 81. This result makes the PES member party the strongest political force in the upper chamber of the Czech Parliament.
PES Secretary General Achim Post stated that; “These elections prove that the Czech Republic, just as the rest of Europe, is exhausted by austerity. In the last weeks, Czech voters have turned their back on the destructive, self-defeating policies of the Conservative governing coalition. By giving their support to the ČSSD, they acknowledge that only growth and progressive values can get us out of the crisis”.
Mr. Post added: “I want to congratulate Bohuslav Sobotka, his team and activists for all the work they have done. The ČSSD has a clear vision based on the social democratic principle that people must always come first. In the future, the PES will continue working closely with the ČSSD to tackle the effects of the crisis and achieve a long-term, and deeply social, economic sustainability”.
In these elections, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) – the Conservative party of Prime Minister Petr Nečas –got their lowest number of seats in the history of the Czech Senate. ČSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka stated: “People have clearly showed that they want social democratic policies”.