Zeman questions need for Senate given low turnout

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has cast doubt on the need for the Senate. Speaking in an interview for Czech Television, Mr. Zeman said that though the upper house was a safeguard of democracy, it was all the same to Czechs whether it existed or not; if they did value it there would be a higher turnout for Senate elections, he said. The weekend’s second round of voting to one third of seats in the chamber saw record low turnout of 15.4 percent. Mr. Zeman’s comments came after ANO chief Andrej Babiš suggested that the Senate could be abolished following a poor electoral showing for his party.