Czech lawmakers vote to dissolve parliament clearing the way to early elections.

By bne IntelliNews August 21, 2013

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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