Senators for the opposition Social Democratic Party have put forward Anna Šabatová for the post of ombudswoman, a candidate who could theoretically receive support from one of the parties in government, TOP 09 and possibly the Communists, sources have said. Until recently Mrs Šabatová served as the deputy head of the office when it was led by former lawyer Otakar Motejl, who died in May following a short bout with illness. An attempt by the new lower house of Parliament at the beginning of July to elect Mrs Šabatová or a fellow candidate to the post proved inconclusive after two rounds of voting, leading the process to now be repeated. The Social Democrats have expressed confidence Šabatová could get wider backing a second time around.
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