Why The Czechs Have Finally Turned Their back On Communism

Why The Czechs Have Finally Turned Their back On Communism

Andrew H. Sweet

The slogan -- meaning "there is no more" -- is taken from a recent satirical video by the decommunization initiative called "Dekomunizace," which has campaigned for voters to turn away from the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM)

It worked. More than 30 years on from the fall of communism in the Czech Republic, the KSCM failed to win any seats in parliament for the first time in its history at last weekend's general election.

The KSCM, which had informally supported the outgoing coalition government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis since 2018, won just 3.6% of the vote, below the 5% threshold needed to enter parliament.

Not long after the election results were announced on Saturday evening, the party's chairman of 16 years, Vojtech Filip, announced his resignation. He also said that the entire party executive committee would resign when they hold an extraordinary congress later this month.

The communists had been a resolute anti-establishment party, unreconstructed in their opposition to capitalism and the free market. But after going into an information alliance with the billionaire Babis in 2018, KSCM politicians were critiqued for accepting sinecures and becoming too close to power.

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