1998 President of the Senate of the Czech Republic election

An election of the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic was held on 16 December 1998. Libuše Benešová was elected the new President, defeating the incumbent Petr Pithart.[1][2]

1998 President of the Senate of the Czech Republic election

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Candidate Libuše Benešová Petr Pithart
Popular vote 40 37
Percentage 50.63% 46.84%

President before election

Petr Pithart
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU–ČSL)

Elected President

Libuše Benešová
Civic Democratic Party (ODS)


The 1998 Senate election results were positive for the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU-CSL) and the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). ODS and the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) had formed the Opposition Agreement, and agreed to support a joint candidate. Dagmar Lastovecká was the original suggested candidate, but her mandate as senator was questioned in court, so ODS selected Libuše Benešová instead.[3] Four-Coalition (KDU-CSL, the Civic Democratic Alliance (CDA) and Freedom Union) endorsed the incumbent President Petr Pithart.[4]


The election was held on 16 December 1998. ODS nominated Benešová while KDU-CSL, CDA, and the Freedom Union nominated Pithart. 79 Senators were present, and the quorum was 40 votes. Benešová also had support of ČSSD, and stated that she would like to win votes from other parties than ODS and ČSSD. In the first round, Pithart received 37 votes and Benešová 36, with six votes invalid. The first round results led to speculation that some Social Democrats had supported Pithart, which was confirmed by Ivan Havlíček. Pithart himself did not vote. In the second round, Benešová received 40 votes, Pithart 37 and two votes were invalid, and Benešová therefore became the new President.[5][4]

Round Benešová Pithart Invalid
1st 36 37 6
2nd 40 37 2


Benešová stated she was happy to be elected and appreciated the support from Senators. Pithart said he was not disappointed and described his result as an "honourable loss".[4]

Benešová remained as the President until the 2000 Senate elections, when she lost her Senate seat. Ivan Havlíček became acting President of the Senate until eventually Pithart was elected as the next President.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Libuše Benešová, místopředsedkyně ODS". bbc.co.uk (in Czech). Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ Jan, Wintr (2010). Česká parlamentní kultura. Auditorium. p. 338. ISBN 9788087284131. OCLC 703550752.
  3. ^ "Volby do Senátu v roce 1998" (PDF). Politologický Časopis: 223–224. 13 February 1999. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Předsedkyní Senátu se stala Libuše Benešová". iDNES.cz. 17 December 1998. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Stenozáznam z 1.dne 1.schůze". Senat.cz. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Senát dočasně vede místopředseda Ivan Havlíček". iDNES.cz. 24 November 2000. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Někdejší šéfka Senátu Libuše Benešová končí na Hradě". Aktuálně.cz (in Czech). 8 July 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2017.