Czech parliament votes against early elections

By bne IntelliNews July 17, 2013

The Czech Chamber of Deputies rejected on Wednesday (July 17) a motion to dissolve itself and hold an early election, CTK news agency reported.

The motion was proposed by the centre-left opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) but was rejected by the parties of the former centre-right ruling coalition, the Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP 09 and LIDEM.

A total of 96 lawmakers out of 188 present voted in favour of the dissolution, while 92 were against it. The lower house of parliament can be dissolved with the votes of 120 deputies in the 200-seat house.

The CSSD initiated the motion after President Milos Zeman appointed his long-time ally, Jiri Rusnok, to form an interim cabinet to replace the centre-right coalition government of Petr Necas who resigned last month in the wake of a bribery and spying scandal. None of the parliamentary parties supports the new caretaker government and it is widely expected to lose a vote of confidence in parliament, expected around August 8.

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