Dawn - National Coalition

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Dawn - National Coalition
Úsvit - Národní koalice
Leader Miroslav Lidinský
Founded 13 June 2013 (2013-06-13)
Headquarters Papírenská 6B, 160 00 Prague 6
Membership 273[1]
Ideology Anti-immigration
Direct democracy[3]
Right-wing populism[4][5][6]
Political position Right-wing[7]
Colours          Red and Blue
Former:      Green
Chamber of Deputies
7 / 200
0 / 81
European Parliament
0 / 22
Regional councils
0 / 675
Local councils
53 / 62,300

Dawn - National Coalition (Czech: Úsvit - Národní koalice), short Dawn, formerly (from June 2014 to August 2015) Dawn of Direct Democracy (Czech: Úsvit přímé demokracie) or (from June 2013 to June 2014) Tomio Okamura's Dawn of Direct Democracy (Czech: Úsvit přímé demokracie Tomia Okamury), is a right-wing populist[4][5][6] and eurosceptic political party in the Czech Republic.


The party was founded in May 2013 by Tomio Okamura,[8][9] an independent senator attached to the Christian Democratic parliamentary group. Tomio Okamura's Dawn of Direct Democracy supported the implementation of direct democracy at all levels "as a solution to the corruption, nepotism, clientelism and kleptocracy,"[10] the use of referenda, the direct election of deputies, senators, mayors and regional governors, a presidential system and, consequently, a stronger separation of powers.[11][12][13]

Founding members of Dawn of Direct Democracy included members of Public Affairs,[14][15] a former member of the Civic Democratic Party,[16] and a representative of Moravané.[17]

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

Party crisis by month[edit]

On 19 January 2015, Chief Whip Radim Fiala (cs) was removed and replaced by Marek Černoch (cs).

In February 2015, most of the nine members of the party and the 14 members of the Dawn parliamentary group decided to establish a new party, without leader Tomio Okamura.[18][19] On 26 February 2015, Okamura announced that the party was experiencing serious financial difficulties. Since their election to the parliament, the party had been receiving millions of Czech crowns from the state each year.[20]

Several members of Dawn have created new parties: including Freedom and Direct Democracy, led by Okamura, and the Party of National Interests led by Petr Adam.

On 7 July 2015, Dawn announced plans to merge with the Party of the National Interests, which they did in August the same year. Retired veteran Miroslav Lidinský was elected as party chairman and the name was changed to Dawn - National Coalition. They also began working with the We Don't Want Islam in the Czech Republic movement (Czech: Islám v České republice nechceme) led by Martin Konvička. However, this collaboration also failed soon after, and Dawn's popularity has continued to decline. According to current opinion polling, Dawn is unlikely to exceed the threshold for entry into parliament at the 2017 legislative elections.

Election results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Year Vote Vote % Seats Place
2013 342,339 6.88
14 / 200


Election First round Second round Seats
Votes % Places Votes % Places
2014 13,331 1.30 11th - - -
0 / 27

European Parliament[edit]

Election Votes Share of votes in % Seats obtained Place
0 / 22

Local election[edit]

Election Share of votes in % Councillors



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  17. ^ "Moravané půjdou do voleb s hnutím Úsvit Tomia Okamury". iDNES. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Puč dokonán dle Okamury, Úsvit odsouhlasil novou stranu" (in Czech). Czech Television. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
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  20. ^ Lang, Václav (26 February 2015). "Úsvit je v minusu, přiznal Okamura. Odstoupit nehodlá" (in Czech). novinky.cz. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 

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