2. Politically, Czech Republic is multi-party parliamentary
representative democratic republic.
According to Czech Republic’s constitution, President is
head of state whereas PM is head of government,
executing supreme executive power.
Legislature is bicameral, with Chamber of Deputies
(Poslanecká sněmovna) and Senate (Senát).
3. President of Czech Republic is elected by collective session of
parliament for term of five years (limited to two consecutive terms).
President is official head of state with restricted specific powers, most
significantly to return laws to parliament, appoint Constitutional Court
judges for Senate’s consent, and dissolve Parliament under specific
special and uncommon conditions; also nominates PM, along with
other members of cabinet on proposition by PM.
Václav Klaus, ex-President of Czech Republic, ex-PM and chairman of
Civic Democrats (ODS) is still one of the nation’s most popular
politicians, much like predecessor Václav Havel.
PM is head of government and manages considerable powers, such
as right to set agenda for foreign and domestic policy, mobilize
parliamentary majority, and select governmental ministers.
4. Parliament (Parlament České republiky) has two chambers.
Chamber of Deputies (Poslanecká sněmovna) has 200 members,
elected to term of four years by proportional representation with 5%
There are 14 voting districts equal to nation’s administrative regions.
Chamber of Deputies, originally Czech National Council, has powers
and duties of new defunct federal parliament of former Czechoslovakia.
Senate (Senát) has 81 members, in single-seat constituencies elected
by two-round runoff voting for term of six year, with one-third revived
every even year in autumn; first election (for differing terms) in 1996.
This is modeled after U.S. Senate, even though constituency is of
approximately same size and system is two-round runoff voting.
Senate is not popular among public and endures low election turnout
(overall about 30% in first round and 20% in second).
5. The nation’s highest court of appeals is Supreme Court.
Constitutional Court, which governs on constitutional
issues, is nominated by president with Senate assent;
its 15 members serve ten-year terms.
Constitutional Court justices are required to retire at age
Supreme Administrative Court is third arm of Czech
6. Government: Parliamentary
President: Miloš Zeman
Prime Minister: Petr Nečas
Upper house: Senate
Lower house: Chamber of
7. Czech Republic’s legislative body,
based in Prague.
Composed of two chambers, both of
which are elected in direct elections:
• Lower House: Chamber of
Deputies of the Parliament of the
• Upper House: Senate of the
Parliament of the Czech Republic
Executes competencies normal in
parliamentary systems: holds and
passes bills, has right to change
Constitution, and approve international
agreements; if needed, it declares war,
approves appearance of foreign
military forces in Czech Republic, or
despatch of Czech military forces
Both chambers also elect President at
8. Czech Social Democratic Party
(Česká strana sociálně
Civic Democratic Party (Občanská
demokratická strana, ODS)
TOP 09 with the support of Mayors
and Independents (Tradice
Odpovědnost Prosperita 09,
Communist Party of Bohemia and
Moravia (Komunistická strana
Čech a Moravy, KSČM)
Public Affairs (Věci veřejné, VV)
SNK European Democrats (SNK
Evropští demokraté, SNK-ED)
9. Coalition for Republic – Republican Party of Czechoslovakia* (Sdružení pro republiku -
Republikánská strana Československa, SPRRSČ)
Czech National Social Party (Česká strana národně sociální, CSNS)
Czech Pirate Party (Česká pirátská strana, CPS)
Democratic Party of Greens (Demokratická strana zelených, DSZ)
European Democratic Party (Evropská demokratická strana, EDS)
Green Party (Strana zelených, SZ)
Liberal Reform Party (Liberální reformní strana, LiRA)
National Party* (Národní strana, NS)
National Socialists – 21st Century Left (Národní socialisté – levice 21. století, NS-LEV 21)
Party for the Open Society (Strana pro otevřenou společnost, SOS)
Party of Civic Rights – Zemanovci (Strana Práv Občanů ZEMANOVCI, SPOZ)
Party of Democratic Socialism (Strana demokratického socialismu, SDS)
Party of Free Citizens (Strana svobodných občanů, Svobodní)
Right Bloc (Volte Pravý Blok, VPB)
Sovereignty - Jana Bobošíková Bloc (SUVERENITA - blok Jany Bobošíkové)
Workers’ Party of Social Justice (Dělnická strana sociální spravedlnosti, DSSS)
• *Dissolved party
10. Freedom Union – Democratic Union (Unie svobody - Demokratická
Christian Democratic Party (Křesťanskodemokratická strana, KDS)
Civic Forum (Občanské fórum, OF)
Civic Democratic Alliance (Občanská demokratická aliance, ODA)
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (Komunistická strana
Left Bloc (Levý blok)
Liberal Social Union (Liberálně sociální unie, LSU)
Movement for Autonomous Democracy – Party for Moravia and
Silesia (Hnutí za samosprávnou demokracii - Společnost pro Moravu
a Slezsko, HZAD - SPMS)
11. Born 28 September 1944 in Kolín.
Third and current President of Czech
Republic; took office on 8 March 2013.
Previously served as PM of Czech
Republic from 1998-2002.
As leader of Czech Social Democratic
Party in the 1990s, he made it one of the
nation’s biggest parties.
Served as Chairman of the Chamber of
Deputies, lower house of Czech
Republic’s parliament, from 1996-1998.
Was elected President of Czech Republic
in January 2013.
Is first president in Czech history to be
elected directly; both of his two
predecessors, the deceased Václav
Havel, and Václav Klaus, were elected by
12. Born 19 November 1964 in Uherské
Current PM of Czech Republic; was
sworn into office on 28 June 2010.
Also current leader of Civic Democratic
Previously served as Deputy PM and
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from
4 September 2006 until 8 May 2009.
Became member of Civic Democratic
Party (ODS) in 1991.
Replaced Mirek Topolánek as leader of
ODS in March 2010, having announced
his aim to stand for position of the party’s
chairman following May 2010 Czech
legislative election, in which Civic
Democratic Party won second place.
13. Social-democratic political party.
Founded on 7 April 1878 in Austria-Hungary and
represented Kingdom of Bohemia in Austrian parliament.
Its function in political life of the empire was one of the
factors that led to establishing independent Czechoslovak
Became one of leading parties of first Czechoslovak
Republic after Austria-Hungary dissolved.
Obtained most seats after 1998 parliamentary election,
but failed to form coalition government; consequently, the
party created minority government under party leader and
current president Miloš Zeman.
Won 2002 legislative election, acquiring 70 of 200
representatives in Chamber of Deputies of the Czech
Republic; then-chairman Vladimír Špidla was elected PM
along with two smaller parties: Christian Democratic
Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party and Freedom
Union-Democratic Union until he was forced to resign in
2004 upon ČSSD’s loss in European Parliament election.
Its current chairman is Jiří Paroubek, having become
chairman in 2006 after Stanislav Gross, who served from
26 June 2004 until 26 April 2005; Gross resigned
following scandal which emerged because of his failure
to explain source of financial resources used to pay for
14. Biggest conservative political party in Czech Republic.
Has 53 seats in Chamber of Deputies, making it Czech
Republic’s second-biggest party.
Has participated in government since 2006, in coalition
with TOP 09 and Public Affairs, with its leader Petr Nečas
as PM since June 2010.
Liberal-conservative and is notable for being Eurosceptic.
It is modelled after British Conservative Party, with whom
Civic Democrats are allied through Alliance of European
Conservatives and Reformists and ECR group; it is
internationally aligned with International Democratic
Was founded by President Václav Klaus in 1991 as pro-
free market wing of Civic Forum.
Won 1992 legislative election, having remained in
government for most of Czech Republic’s independence.
Former leader Mirek Topolánek was PM from 2006 until
Its current leader is PM Petr Nečas, who replaced
Topolánek in 2010.
Lost 28 seats in 2010 legislative election and finished
second, but as biggest party of centre; created centre-
right government, instilling Nečas as PM.