published: 20.08.2013, 17:40 | updated: 20.08.2013 18:49:32
Prague - The Czech Chamber of Deputies today approved, as expected, a resolution on its self-dissolution, which is a step towards an early general election to be possibly held in late October.
The resolution asking President Milos Zeman to dissolve the Chamber was supported by lawmakers for the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), TOP 09, the Communists (KSCM) and the Public Affairs (VV).
Now the Chamber will be dissolved by Zeman, who will also call a new election.
This is for the first time the lawmakers used the possibility of the Chamber´s self-dissolution since the relevant amendment to the Constitution took effect some four years ago.
The proposal was supported by 140 of the 147 deputies present, while seven deputies voted against it.
The constitutional majority of at least 120 [of the Chamber´s 200] deputies was necessary for the resolution to make it through.
The mainstream right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) walked out of the room before the vote, in accordance with what they announced beforehand. The only exception was Miroslava Nemcova, ODS deputy head and Chamber of Deputies chairwoman, who took part in the vote and voted against the Chamber´s self-dissolution.
The self-dissolution motion was supported by all 54 CSSD deputies, all 42 TOP 09 deputies, all 26 KSCM deputies and the ten VV deputies present.
It was also backed by eight deputies unaffiliated with any group in parliament - Karolina Peake, Lenky Andrysova, Viktor Paggio (all LIDEM), Jiri Paroubek (National Socialists-LEV 21), Michal Doktor (Jihocesi 2012), Radim Fiala (Dawn movement) and Kristyna Koci and Jan Florian, who do not represent any party or movement.
The deputies voting against the dissolution were, apart from Nemcova, Dagmar Navratilova, Jiri Rusnok (not to be confused for the caretaker PM of the same name), Radim Vyslouzil, Martin Vacek, Jana Sucha (all LIDEM) and Jaroslav Skarka, who is not a member of any party.
President Milos Zeman previously said he would call an early election to the Chamber of Deputies for October 25-26 if the Chamber approved its own dissolution.
Before taking the step, Zeman wants to meet parties´ representatives, he said.
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