Social Democrats ahead in first round of Senate elections


In the first round of voting for the Czech Senate, 22 candidates of the opposition Social Democrats have advanced to the second round, along with 19 Civic Democrat candidates and five candidates running on the TOP 09 party ticket. Three Christian Democrat candidates also made it to the second round. No candidate gained over 50 percent of vote to be elected in the first round in which around 45 percent of voters took part, the highest ever turnout in Senate elections. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend.