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The Czech Social Democratic Party ( ) is a political party in the Czech Republicmarker.

The party won the elections of 2002 with 70 of 200 representatives in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. Its chairman Vladimír Špidla became the prime minister heading a coalition with two smaller parties, the Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party and the Freedom Union-Democratic Union until his resignation in 2004.

The current chairman of the party is Jiří Paroubek since 2006. His predecessor was Stanislav Gross from 26 June, 2004 to 26 April, 2005. Gross resigned after a scandal which arose due to his inability to explain the source of financial resources used to pay for his home. Gross's predecessor Vladimír Špidla was forced to resign in 2004 after the ČSSD lost in European Parliamentary elections.

In the June 2 and 3, 2006 elections, the party won 32.3% of the vote and 74 out of 200 seats. The election at first caused a stalemate since the right-wing parties (with Green Party) and left-wing parties each had 100 seats. The stalemate was broken when two ČSSD deputies, Miloš Melčák and Michal Pohanka abstained during a vote of confidence, allowing a coalition of the Civic Democrats (ODS), the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL), and the Green Party (SZ) to form a government. Hence the ČSSD is now in opposition.



Czech lands as part of Austria-Hungary:
  • 1878–1893 The Czechoslavonic Social Democratic Party in Austria (Sociálně-demokratická strana českoslovanská v Rakousku) - part of Social Democratic Party of Austria
  • 1893–1918 The Czechoslavonic Social Democratic Workers' Party (Českoslovanská sociálně demokratická stranu dělnická) - independent party
  • 1918–1938 The Czechoslovak Social Democratic Worker's Party (Československá sociálně demokratická strana dělnická) - merged with Slovak Social Democrats
  • 1938–1941 The National Labor Party (Národní strana práce) - united left party of Social Democrats and part of Czech National Social Party
  • 1945–1948 Czechoslovak Social Democracy (Československá sociální demokracie)
  • 1948–1989 - merged with the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, concurrently existed as an exile party with its headquarters in Londonmarker
  • 1990–1993 Czechoslovak Social Democracy (Československá sociální demokracie)
Czech Republic:
  • since 1993 Czech Social Democratic Party (Česká strana sociálně demokratická)

Election results

Since 1990

Chairmen of the Czech Social Democratic Party

Czechoslavonic Social Democratic Workers' Party

Czechoslovak Social Democratic Worker's Party

Czechoslovak Social Democracy

Czechoslovak Social Democracy in exile

Czechoslovak Social Democracy

Czech Social Democratic Party

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