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Czech Republic to hold snap election

Friday - 8/23/2013, 10:40am  ET

PRAGUE (AP) -- Czech President Milos Zeman says he will dissolve Parliament's lower house on Wednesday call an early election for Oct. 25-26, following the coalition government's collapse over scandals.

Zeman's announcement came Friday, three days after lawmakers approved the early ballot as a way out of the political crisis triggered by June's collapse of the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Necas in a whirlwind of allegations about corruption and marital infidelity.

Parliament's lower house dominates the legislative process, and the leader of its strongest party is generally asked to try to form a new government.

Recent polls indicate the opposition left-wing Social Democrats stand a good chance of winning the ballot, while voters are expected to punish Necas' conservative Civic Democratic Party for the scandals and austerity measures.

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