Czech Republic is a multiparty parliamentary democracy. Legislative authority is vested in a bicameral parliament, consisting of a Chamber of Deputies (Poslanecka snemovna) and a Senate (Senat). The president is head of state and appoints a prime minister from the majority party or coalition. On October 5 and 6, the country held local and senate elections. In January voters also re-elected President Milos Zeman to another five-year term. Observers considered both elections free and fair.
Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.
Human rights issues included crimes involving violence or threats of violence against members of the Romani minority.
The government took steps to prosecute and punish officials who committed abuses in the security services and elsewhere in the government.