The Czech Republic’s leftist Social Democrats are currently favourites to win this weekend’s election. However the party looks set to fall short of the majority it needs.
That could lead to a hung parliament and months of political wrangling. It comes at a time when the country desperately needs a strong government to tackle its swelling budget deficit.
The main opposition party, the right-wing Civic Democrats, say they are willing and able to make the tough cuts needed to turn the Czech Republic’s fortunes around.
However corruption fears have turned many people away from both of the two main established parties.
The new cabinet will replace the current interim government which has been in power since a centre- right administration led by the Civic Democrats collapsed in March 2009.
A result is expected soon after polls close on Saturday afternoon.
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