Civic Democratic Alliance

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Civic Democratic Alliance
Občanská demokratická aliance
Founded 1990
Dissolved 2007

U Společenské zahrady 6

140 00 Prague 4
Newspaper Zpravodaj
Youth wing Conservative Club of Young
Membership  (2007) 300[1]
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party
Colours Blue
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The Civic Democratic Alliance (Czech: Občanská demokratická aliance, ODA) was a small liberal centre-right political party in the Czech Republic, functional between years 1989 (founded shortly after the Velvet revolution) and 2007. The ODA was part of government coalitions until 1997 and participated in transformation of Czech economy. The party was supported by president Václav Havel who voted for it in 1992 and 1996 election.[2]


ODA was established in 1989 by a group of intellectuals as a conservative-liberal party, based on ideas often expressed in The Salisbury Review. The other motive was personal antipathy to Václav Klaus and his party ODS.

In Czech legislative election, 1992, ODA obtained over 300,000 votes (5,93 per cent of all votes) and gained 14 seats in Czech National Council. It became part of right-wing coalition (First government of Václav Klaus) together with Civic Democratic Party, Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party and Christian Democratic Party.

In Czech legislative election, 1996, ODA obtained even 6,36 per cent of votes and again formed coalition with Civic Democratic Party and Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (Second government of Václav Klaus). However, this government didn't manage to form majority in the Chamber of Deputies and so was depending on toleration of centre-left Czech Social Democratic Party (government disposed of 99 deputies out of 200, social democrats of 61 deputies and non-system parties of 40 deputies). Following financial scandals of Civic Democratic Party, the coalition fell apart. Both Civic Democratic Alliance and KDU-ČSL participated in caretaker government of Josef Tošovský.

It didn't participate in Czech legislative election, 1998, "to not split votes for right-wing". It formed Čtyřkoalice (Four-coalition) with Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party, Freedom Union and Democratic Union as opposition to grand coalition of right-wing Civic Democratic Party and left-wing Czech Social Democratic Party. However, it became its weakest member, and after its funding problems came to light, it ceased to take part in Czech political scene. It only had one senator, prince Karel Schwarzenberg (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic since 2007). It ceased on December 31, 2007.

Czech billionaire Pavel Sehnal announced in December 2016 that he established new Civic Democratic Alliance. Leaders of the original ODA aren't involved with the new party.[3]

Election results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Year Vote Vote % Seats Place Govt?
1990 ... ...
11 / 200
6th Yes
1992 383,705 5.93%
14 / 200
7th Yes
1996 385,369 6.36%
13 / 200
6th Yes
1998 did not contest ... ... ... No
2002 24,278 0.5%
0 / 200
13th No

Seats in the Chamber of Deputies


Year Seats
7 / 81
4 / 27
1 / 27
0 / 27
1 / 27
0 / 27

Seats in the Senate


Indirect Election Candidate First round result Second round result Third round result
Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result
1993 Václav Havel 109 63.37 Won
1998 Václav Havel 130 70.65 Runner-up 146 52.3 Won

European Parliament[edit]

Year Vote Vote % Seats
2004 39 655 1.69% 0


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Výslech předsedkyně ODA - On-line rozhovor -". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Před 25 lety vznikla strana ODA. Vzpomínáte na Kalvodu, Dlouhého, Žantovského?". Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Miliardář Sehnal obnovuje ODA. Kdysi slavná značka se vrací - Seznam Zprávy". Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ elected as candidates of Civic Forum

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