published: 18.08.2013, 14:56 | updated: 18.08.2013 15:11:27
Prague - The Czech Chamber of Deputies will not dissolve itself on Tuesday, but only in September at the earliest, outgoing Interior Minister Martin Pecina said in the Questions of Vaclav Moravec discussion programme on public Czech Television (CT) today.
He said he believes that his ministry will be able to prepare an early election within the 60-day deadline of the Chamber´s dissolution.
The early election will be held after the caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok, that replaced Petr Necas´s (ODS) team that fell amid a suspected bribery and illegal surveillance scandal in mid- June, did not win confidence in the lower house last week.
Pecina said he believes that the required 120 votes will be found in the lower house of parliament, but not next week.
"The country deserves the elections given the current chaos, but I must say I am a little bit sceptical," Pecina said.
"[The former government] TOP 09 will again change its mind and say we should wait for a while. The Chamber of Deputies will be dissolving itself sometime in September," Pecina said.
He also confirmed that he has been offered to be the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites´ (SPOZ) election leader in the Moravia Silesia Region.
He dismissed the fears that he may not manage his ministerial post over the election campaign.
Pecina said rallies and TV debates are usually held at the weekends. He said a number of other ministers were running in elections in the past too.
Pecina said the SPOZ has not yet chosen its national election leader and that he himself has not been offered the post. He said, however, he would accept such an offer if the party made it to him.
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