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Leftist party takes first place

Two left-wing parties appear to have finished first and third in the Czech Republic's parliamentary election - but failed to win enough seats to use their alliance to form a coalition government.

The two-day election, which concluded Saturday, was called to end a political crisis triggered by the centre-right government's collapse.

With the votes from 98% of the nation's polling stations counted, the Czech Statistics Office said the left-wing Social Democrats won 20.63% and the Communists received 15.04%.

The new centrist ANO (YES) movement, which campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, finished second with 18.7%.

The rest of the votes were won by four other parties.

The election was called after prime minister Petr Necas' centre-right coalition broke down in June amid corruption allegations.


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