Christian Democrats pledge to fight to preserve Senate

The leader of the opposition Christian Democrats, who is himself standing for the upper chamber later this year, says his party will fight for the Senate’s continued existence. Pavel Bělobrádek said opponents of the the upper house of Parliament were out to destroy democracy, didn’t wish to hear conflicting points of view and had a tendency to regard the Czech Republic as a conquered land.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the Senate as a talking shop and his ANO party has proposed its abolition. The upper chamber came into existence in 1996.