The cancelled Czech election

Published on 11 September 2009 at 14:24


“Constitutional crisis in the Czech Republic,” headlines Lidové Noviny: “For the first time in the history of the Czech Republic, theConstitutional Court has called off the early parliamentary elections – scheduled for 9 and 10 October,” reports Lidové Noviny. The court found for the plaintiff, an incumbent Socialist MP who contended that early elections would prevent him from completing his term of office. The decision to move the elections forwards was taken after the collapse in March of Mirek Topolánek’s conservative administration. “The judges wanted to prove they are above parliament,” the Prague daily quotes a specialist in constitutional law, who deems their ruling unconstitutional. As matters stand, predicts LN, the most likely solution is for parliament to amend the constitution over the weekend so the polling can go ahead in early November.

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