New law in place to facilitate early elections
The Czech Republic is a step closer to resolving its drawn-out crisis, after President Klaus signed into force a constitutional amendment facilitating the way to early elections. With the new law in effect, the Chamber of Deputies is expected to approve its own dissolution on Tuesday after which President Klaus should announce a new date for early general elections - November 6 and 7.
The only hurdle that could arise is that between now and then Miloš Melčák, the deputy who started this crisis by defending his right to serve a full four year term, or anyone else for that matter, could once again challenge the new law in court on the grounds that it is a one-off change tailored to suit politicians’ immediate needs and tampers with the very foundation of the existing constitutional set-up. If the law is challenged, elections would be postponed indefinitely and would most likely take place as originally planned in June of 2010.
If the new law goes unchallenged then the way to early elections in November will have been cleared and they will be much easier to hold in the future, should the need arise. On the other hand, a last-minute complaint to the Constitutional Court could trigger a drawn-out crisis with far reaching implications – both economic and legal.