Government approves referendum bill

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has approved legislation which would make it possible to hold state wide referenda on the basis of public petitions which gathered at least 250 thousand signatures. The news was revealed by the Minister for Human Rights Jiří Dienstbier. The minister suggested the bill could find the necessary approval in Parliament; some, including the country’s ombudswoman, Anna Šabatová, expressed reservations over the bill “as is”: in her view a minimum of 100 thousand signatures would suffice.

Author: Jan Velinger