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Far-right DSSS may enter regional assembly next month

27 September 2012

Usti nad Labem, North Bohemia, Sept 26 (CTK) - The ultra-right Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS), successor to the Workers' Party that was banned as extremist and linked to neo-Nazis in 2010, has a chance to enter the Usti regional assembly in the upcoming elections, a fresh public opinion poll has shown.

Three weeks before the elections, the DSSS was supported by 4 percent of voters in the region, according to the poll the STEM/MARK and SC&C agencies conducted for Czech Television (CT).

In the elections the DSSS might cross the 5-percent threshold in view of the statistical margin of error which ranges from 1.2 to 3.4 percentage points, CT said.

This would be for the first time for the extra-parliamentary DSSS to enter a regional assembly.

In the region tormented by social problems, the elections to the regional assembly, if held last week, would be won by the Communists (KSCM) with 32 percent of the vote.

The Social Democrats (CSSD) would end second with 20.5 percent, followed by the Civic Democrats (ODS), the movement and TOP 09 with 14.5, 11.5 and 5.4 percent, respectively.

Such results would weaken all parties represented in the CSSD-led regional assembly except for the KSCM.

The STEM/MARK and SC&C poll's results profoundly differ from the results of a pre-election poll the ppm factum agency conducted for Czech Radio recently, according to which the elections would be won by the CSSD, followed by the KSCM, the ODS, and TOP 09.

The DSSS does not figure at all in the latter poll.

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