Parliament Rejects Dissolution of Czechoslovakia Without Referendum
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) _ Czechoslovakia’s federal parliament today rejected a government bill allowing dissolution of the federation without a referendum.
According to recent polls, less than 40 percent of Czechs and Slovaks would vote for breaking the nation into two independent republics.
Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus and his Slovak counterpart Vladimir Meciar agreed earlier this year to split Czechoslovakia by year’s end.
The rejected bill sought to establish a constitutional framework for terminating the existence of the 74-year old republic without a referendum.
A total of 173 legislators voted in favor of the draft legislation presented by leaders of the government coalition, and 92 rejected it. There were 21 abstentions in the 300-seat federal legislature. The other deputies were absent during the vote.
The draft needed 180 votes to gain the three-fifths majority required for constitutional change.