MPs debate constitution amendment

The lower house of the Czech Parliament revived at its session on Tuesday a Senate bill to amend the constitution and bring about early elections. MPs also shortened the procedure so that the amendment can be approved on the second day of the session. Under the new provision, the president would dissolve the Chamber of Deputies if requested by three fifths of MPs.

The Constitutional Court decided last week to postpone early general elections over a complaint from an independent MP. If it rejects the petition in a public hearing on Thursday, the elections will be held on October 9 and 10, as originally planned.