Czech lawmakers voted on August 20 to dissolve the lower house of the parliament clearing the way to early elections likely to be held in late October, ahead of a regular vote next May, Radio Prague reported.
The dissolution motion, submitted by three of the main parties (centre-left CSSD, far-left Communists and centre-right TOP 09) was supported by 140 MPs in the 200-seat parliament. The proposal needed to be approved by a constitutional majority of 120 lawmakers.
The early elections will end a political crisis that started in June with the collapse of the centre-right government of Petr Necas who resigned amid a bribery and spying scandal. The political standoff deepened further after Zeman appointed his long-time leftist ally Jiri Rusnok to replace Necas against the will of the political parties and expectedly Rusnok’s government failed to win a vote of confidence in parliament earlier this month. Rusnok is staying on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.
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