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The Czech Republic: Anti-Roma Party Wins 7% of the Votes in Elections to Parliament

In the Czech parliamentary elections on 27 October 2013, the openly anti-Roma party Úsvit won 7% of the votes. Úsvit, led by Czech-Japanese Tomio Okamura, propagates for Roma to leave the Czech Republic and set up a country of their own, preferably in India, whence they came. Labor became the biggest party with almost 20%, and populist ANO came in second with almost as many votes. ANO’s agenda is unclear, but it will cooperate with Úsvit on certain financial matters and a law on referendums.

Sources: Romea, 27-Oct-2013.