President to dissolve lower house next Wednesday

Czech President Miloš Zeman will formally dissolve the lower house of Parliament on August 28, according to the internet news site Parlamentní listy. The Chamber of Deputies supported a motion to disband on Tuesday this week in the wake of a drawn-out political crisis. The president must now call an early election within 60 days. He is expected to call the vote for Oct. 25 and 26, a term that he pre-announced some time ago as highly likely. The election date will be announced at a news conference on Friday.