The Ano party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has won the municipal elections in all regional capitals except Prague – where the opposition Civic Democrats and Pirates took first and second, respectively – and Liberec, reports Voice of Europe.com
The big losers of the day, in both the municipal and Senate races, were the Social Democrats and Communists.
“When we look at the regional big cities, in 2014, we had nine victories and now we may have 11. As for the districts, in 2014 we had 13 wins and now we have 17,” Babiš told the news server Seznam. “I think our citizens see that the Ano movement is moving our country forward. To the top of Europe.”
The vote held on Friday and Saturday was the first popular test for the minority Ano-Social Democrat coalition government that was formed in July.
A total of 216,000 candidates ran for around 62,000 seats in city and local councils. Nationwide, as is traditional, a variety of local associations of independent candidates received the most seats in smaller municipalities.