21 Aug 2013

Early elections for Czechs

10:09 am on 21 August 2013

Czech MPs have voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for early elections.

The government of prime minister Petr Necas collapsed in June amid a bribery scandal.

A subsequent government, formed by President Milos Zeman in July, lost a vote of confidence in parliament earlier this month.

Fresh elections are expected to be held in October.

The proposal to dissolve parliament was backed by 140 members in the lower house, which has 200 seats.

The BBC reports the decision to dissolve parliament and hold early elections was widely expected.