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Parliamentary elections start in Czech Republic
14:33, 20 October 2017
Parliamentary elections start in Czech Republic

Elections in Czechia are held two days in a row

14:33, 20 October 2017

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The elections to the Chamber of Deputies - the lower house of parliament – started in Czechia on Friday, October 20. This was reported by Ceskenoviny.cz.

Elections in the Czech Republic are held two days in a row - on Friday and Saturday. The polling stations open on Friday at noon and will close on Saturday at 14:00. This is done for the convenience of citizens who are given the opportunity to vote on Friday after work and leave the town.

31 parties and political movements participate in the elections-2017, which is a historical record for the Czech Republic.

The Chamber of Deputies consists of 200 people, elected every four years. Previous elections were held in October 2013.

Billionaire Andrej Babiš, who is often compared to the US president Donald Trump has the greatest chance to take the seat of the prime minister, reports Deutsche Welle.

"It is expected that in the parliamentary elections about 30% of the votes will be received by the centrist populist movement ANO, created by billionaire and media mogul Andrej Babiš in 2011. The main sponsor of the party is the agro-chemical conglomerate of Babiš Agrofert," the report says.

Babiš holds the second place in the list of the richest people in the country.

Related: Czech MPs urge Zeman to apologize to Ukraine

"He makes harsh statements. He calls representatives of traditional parties idiots, and journalists - morons. It also attracts many voters, "the report said.

Czech Social Democratic Party is in the second place (slightly less than 14%), whose election list is headed by Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek.

Also, representatives of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, Freedom and Direct Democracy, Pirate Party, Christian Democratic Party have the chances to pass through the 5% barrier.

Earlier this week, Czech president Milos Zeman held a speech at PACE plenary session in Strasbourg. The politician put Crimea’s annexation by Russia ‘a solved case,’ and Ukraine might count on a certain kind of 'compensation from Russia – be it in money, oil or gas'.

In response to Zeman’s words, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said Crimea is ‘not for sale’. Ukraine’s ambassador to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis called the statement ‘cynical and totally unacceptable’. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said it is not about Zeman himself, but about the motivation of those who let him speak from PACE rostrum.      

Related: Zeman’s statement on Crimea ‘unacceptable’, - Ukraine ambassador in Czech Republic

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