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Czechs vote in Senate runoffs

October 17, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech ruling coalition led by the left-wing Social Democrats is set to retain its commanding position in Parliament’s upper house.

A third of the 81 seats in the Senate are up for grabs in a ballot Friday and Saturday, with the top two finishers from last week’s first round facing each other in each district.

The ruling coalition, also containing the centrist ANO movement and the Christian Democrats, dominated the first round, with 36 candidates finishing first or second in the 27 districts contested.

The conservative Civic Democratic Party was the best opposition force, with seven candidates advancing to the runoffs.

Parliament’s lower house dominates the legislative process, but the Senate plays an important role in passing constitutional amendments and approving Constitutional Court judges.

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