On 25 and 26 October, the Czech Republic celebrated snap parliamentary elections after the caretaker government had failed to win a confidence vote in August. As expected, the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) came in first, receiving 20.5% of the votes. However, disaffection with mainstream parties caused support for the Social Democrats to fade away just weeks before the election. Surprisingly, billionaire Andrej Babis, who created the ANO 2011 Party, came in strong at second place with 18.7% of the votes. The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) came in third (14.9% of the votes). The center-right Civic Democratic Party (ODS)—once led by former Prime Minister Petr Necas—was punished by disappointed voters and obtained only 7.7% of the votes. The rightist TOP 09 Party—a former ODS coalition partner—received 11.9% of the votes. The two other parties that crossed the threshold of 5.0% of votes required to enter Parliament were the newly-formed Usvit (Dawn of Direct Democracy) and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).
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