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Social Democratic chairman Bohuslav Sobotka addresses media as the polling station for the early general elections close in Prague (AP)

Social Democratic chairman Bohuslav Sobotka addresses media as the polling station for the early general elections close in Prague (AP)

Social Democratic chairman Bohuslav Sobotka addresses media as the polling station for the early general elections close in Prague (AP)

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.

AP

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