Note: updated below from original planting.
Further update: See the comment below by Roman Chytilek, who notes how recent electoral-system changes affected the results.
The Czech election has ended in a “deadlock” with the Civic Democratic Party winning a plurality of seats, but lacking a majority, even after accounting for its preferred coalition partners, according to full preliminary results:
Civic Democrats, 81 seats (+23 on 2002 result)
*Social Democrats, 74 (+4)
Communists, 26 (â€“15)
*Christian Democrats, 13 (â€“18)
Green, 6 (+6)
(* In outgoing government, which also includes the Freedom Union. The FU appears to have been part of a joint list with the Christian Democrats in both elections.)
Six percent of votes were cast for parties that failed to cross the threshold, down from 12.5% in 2002, with most of the decline attributable to the success of the Greens this time. Still, I wonder if that 6% is skewed either towards left or right. If so, its exclusion would have contributed to the “deadlock.”
The Greens are an ally of the Civic Democrats, as are the Christian Democrats, despite their current participation in government with the Social Democrats (which appears to have cost them). Thus the Civic+Christian+Green bloc has half the seats. The two left parties hold the other half. (This would not happen with an odd number of seats in parliament!)
This will be interesting. The Communists are proposing a “government of national agreement” (thanks to RAC for the tip.) I was thinking the same thing, although I was imagining one without the Communists: Civic Democrats and Social Democrats. In contrast with next-door Germany, this would be a grand coalition consisting of two parties that each gained, compared to the previous election.