Parliament of the Czech Republic

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Parliament of the Czech Republic
Parlament České republiky
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Type
Type
Houses Senate
Chamber of Deputies
Leadership
Milan Štěch, ČSSD
Since 24 November 2010
Radek Vondráček, ANO
Since 22 November 2017
Structure
Seats 281
81 Senators
200 Deputies
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Senate political groups
  •      ČSSD (25)
  •      KDU-ČSL (16)
  •      STAN (11)
  •      ODS (10)
  •      ANO (7)
  •      Group of Independent Senators[1] (5)
  •      Non-inclusion (7)
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Chamber of Deputies political groups
Elections
Two-round system
Proportional representation
Senate last election
7–8 October 2016
14–15 October 2016
Chamber of Deputies last election
20–21 October 2017
Meeting place
Palaces in Malá Strana, Prague
Website
Senate
Chamber of Deputies
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The Parliament of the Czech Republic (Czech: Parlament České republiky) or just Parliament (Czech: Parlament) is the legislative body of the Czech Republic, seated in Malá Strana, Prague.

It consists of two chambers, both elected in direct elections:

Art. 15 of the Constitution stipulates its name as the "Parliament".[2] The Parliament exercises competences usual in parliamentary systems: it holds and passes bills, has the right to modify the Constitution, ratifies international agreements; if necessary, it declares war, approves presence of foreign military forces in the Czech Republic or a dispatch of Czech military forces abroad.

History[edit]

Session room of the Chamber of Deputies

The tradition of modern parliamentarianism in the Bohemian lands dates back to times of the Austrian Empire (and then Cisleithanian part of Austria-Hungary), where the Imperial Council (Reichsrat, Říšská rada) was created in 1861.

After proclamation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 its National Assembly (Národní shromáždění) undertook legislative duties both of the Imperial Council and State Diets (Bohemian, Moravian, Silesian).[3] In 1938–39 and between 1948–89 there existed a parliament within non-democratic regimes (semi-authoritarian or Communist regime, respectively). As a consequence of federalization of Czechoslovakia (1968), national councils of Czech and Slovak parts of the country were created.

The Chamber of Deputies keeps continuity with the Czech National Council (Česká národní rada), while the Senate was established in 1996 (with reference to the First Czechoslovak Republic one).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Group formed by senators of various parties (Severočeši.cz, KSČM, Party of Civic Rights) and independent senators[1]
  2. ^ 2015, FG Forrest, a.s., www.fg.cz,. "The Constitution of the Czech Republic - Prague Castle". Prague Castle. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  3. ^ Balík, S.-Hloušek, V.-Holzer, J.-Šedo, J.: Politický systém českých zemí 1848-1989. Brno 2006, p. 81.