Lawmakers elect four of five deputy speakers

Lawmakers elected four of five deputy speakers in the new Chamber of Deputies on Friday, giving their votes to Vojtěch Pikala of the Pirate Party, Tomio Okamura, the head of the Freedom and Direct Democracy, Vojtěch Filip of the Communist Party, and Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats. Petr Fiala, the head of the chamber’s second-largest party, the Civic Democrats, failed to get support in two rounds.

All of the voting was by secret ballot.

New candidates can be put forward next week; the post of fifth deputy speaker will remain unfilled for the time being.