Dawn of Direct Democracy

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Dawn of Direct Democracy
Leader Tomio Okamura
Founded 13 June 2013 (2013-06-13)
Headquarters Papírenská 6B, 160 00 Prague 6
Ideology Populism[1][2][3]
Direct democracy
Euroscepticism
Political position Right-wing[4]
Chamber of Deputies
14 / 200
Senate
0 / 81
European Parliament
0 / 22
Regional councils
0 / 675
Local councils
0 / 62,178
Website
http://www.hnutiusvit.cz/
Politics of the Czech Republic
Political parties
Elections

Dawn of Direct Democracy (Czech: Úsvit přímé demokracie, short Dawn, Úsvit) is a populist[1][2][3] and right-wing[4] political party in the Czech Republic.

The party was founded in May 2013 by Tomio Okamura,[5][6] independent senator attached to the Christian Democratic parliamentary group. Dawn favours the implementation of direct democracy at all levels "as a solution to the corruption, nepotism, clientelism and kleptocracy,"[7] the use of referendums, the direct election of deputies, senators, mayors and regional governors, a presidential system and, consequently, a stronger separation of powers.[8][9][10] In the electoral campaign, Dawn was noted for its appeal to anti-Roma sentiments, with Okamura asking the Roma to leave the Czech Republic and to found their own state.[11][12]

Dawn candidates include members of Public Affairs,[13][14] a former member of the Civic Democratic Party,[15] and a representative of Moravané.[16][clarification needed]

In the parliamentary election of 2013 the party obtained 342 339 votes (6.88%) and gained 14 seats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Czech elections: An angry electorate", The Economist, 25 October 2013 
  2. ^ a b Jan Richter (26 October 2013), "Czech general elections yield no obvious coalition", Radio Prague 
  3. ^ a b "Sme: Okamura's politics is social, national populism", Prague Daily Monitor, 26 October 2013 
  4. ^ a b "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Czech Republic", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Malé strany zažívají před volbami boom. K Babišovi i Okamurovi vstupují tisíce lidí". Politika. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  6. ^ ČTK. "Okamura žádá o registraci hnutí Úsvit přímé demokracie -". Aktualne. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "A Czech election with consequences". openDemocracy. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ministerstvo zaregistrovalo hnutí Úsvit přímé demokracie". Úsvit Přímé Demokracie Tomia Okamury. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Okamura bude volebním lídrem svého Úsvitu ve středních Čechách". CeskeNovinydate=6 September 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Uploads Hnutiusvit
  11. ^ Haughton, Tim; Novotna, Tereza; Deegan-Krause, Kevin (30 October 2013), "The Czech paradox: Did the winner lose and the losers win?", The Washington Post 
  12. ^ Crane, Jonathan (25 October 2013), "Entrepreneur touts power to the people as cure for Czech ills", The Japan Times 
  13. ^ "News". Radio Prague. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "News". Radio Prague. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "Ing. Radim Fiala Úsvit Přímé Demokracie Tomia Okamury". Hnutiusvit. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Moravané půjdou do voleb s hnutím Úsvit Tomia Okamury". iDNES. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 

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