The Senate’s constitutional legal committee has voted down the latest candidate to the Constitutional Court, Zdeněk Koudelka. President Václav Klaus nominated the head of the Kroměříž law academy early last month as his second nominee; his first, Jan Sváček, was rejected by the upper house in December on the grounds that he had joined the Communist Party in 1989. Although a member of the Social Democratic Party, which controls the Senate, Mr Koudelka was considered to lack support in the party as an ally of the president. He received three of eight votes in the secret ballot.
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