Elections ahead after Czech government loses vote

Elections are likely in October after the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok lost a vote of no confidence in the Chamber of Deputies. Rusnok and his ministers were expected to resign their posts on August 13, although they are likely to stay on in a caretaker capacity for several weeks at least.

Political analysts believe there is now the political will among deputies to muster up the 120 votes needed to dissolve parliament and hold new elections. A vote on this is scheduled for August 20.

In a widely predicted result, the Rusnok government failed on August 7 to secure the backing of a majority of lawmakers, with 93 voting in favour of the administration and 100 against.

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