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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (9:54 pm)

By Stefan J. Bos,  Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Ahead of the vote, Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka said he had spoken with outgoing Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok about more than 11,000 land claims made so far, but it remained unclear what would happen with those requests.

Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections

Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections

PRAGUE/BUDAPEST  (BosNewsLife)– Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections that are expected to be dominated by left-wing parties who oppose a plan to pay billions of dollars in compensation to churches for properties that were seized from them by the previous Communist regime.

Churches faced more uncertainty Wednesday, August 21, as the chairman of the Communist Party, Vojtěch Filip, said he would push for a referendum on the controversial law on restitution “if there will be a strong left-wing showing” in the October 25-26 ballot.

The main Social Democrats (CSSD), who also oppose the scope of the restitution and are open to form a coalition with the Communists, said they would prefer to reach “an amicable agreement” with church representatives.

Under the plan 16 churches will receive 59 billion koruna ($3 billion) in financial compensation over the next… Continue reading