published: 16.08.2013, 12:50 | updated: 16.08.2013 13:04:15
Prague - The Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) will propose that the Chamber of Deputies´ session that started today and is expected to decide on the Chamber´s dissolution next week be interrupted till September 3, after the Senate passes the bills the Chamber has nodded to now, Marek Benda told CTK today.
Benda, who heads the group of deputies of the ODS, the second strongest party in parliament, said before the Chamber dissolved itself, it should wait for the bills´ passage to be duly completed by the Senate. It is also necessary to wait for President Milos Zeman´s signature so that the bills can take effect, Benda said.
ODS acting chairman Martin Kuba asserted that the party does not seek an adjournment of the possible date of an early election, which could take place on October 25-26 anyway.
The date was mentioned as a possible election term by Zeman in a press interview earlier today.
The Chamber of Deputies is expected to vote on its dissolution, paving the way to early elections, on Tuesday, August 20.
If the session were interrupted, the vote would be adjourned accordingly.
Representatives of the other parties, which want to push through the Chamber´s self-dissolution by the required majority of 120 [of the total 200] votes, have so far said they reckon with the August 20 date.
The Social Democrats (CSSD) and the conservative TOP 09, which together command 96 votes said they would not support the ODS´s proposal and they insist on the August 20 vote.
The CSSD and TOP 09 have declared readiness to vote for the Chamber´s dissolution, as have the Communists (KSCM), who command 26 votes.
Kuba admitted that the ODS has not negotiated with other parties about their support to the ODS proposal.
At the same time, the ODS has called on the Senate, dominated by the left, to approve as quickly as possible the bills that need its approval to take effect.
It mainly wants the passage of the bills linked to the Civil Code, the bill on renewable energy sources and the bill on social services.
Several parties in parliament decided to provoke early elections after it turned out that no parliamentary majority capable of ruling exists in the Chamber of Deputies.
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