Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has indicated that his future as leader of the Social Democrats will depend on how the party fares in Senate and regional elections in the Autumn. He said in an interview with the business daily Hospodářské Noviny that he would only stand for re-election as leader in the Spring of 2017 if the party wins sufficient support from the public. He did not specify what he regarded as sufficient. The Social Democrats dominate 11 out of the 13 regions and have 33 seats in the 81 seat Senate. A third of the seats in the upper house are up for grabs.
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