Outgoing government approves law for early elections

The lower house has approved a constitutional law which cuts short its term and opens the way to early elections in October. The one-off proposal had the backing of the two main parties, the Civic Democrats and opposition Social Democrats. Elections now have to be formally announced by Czech President Václav Klaus. On Tuesday, the law was passed by the two-thirds majority required to make a change to the Czech Constitution.

Author: Rosie Johnston