Czech lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for early elections.
The move puts an end to a political crisis triggered by the collapse in June of the center-right coalition government over a corruption scandal.
In the August 20 vote, 140 lawmakers in the 200-seat lower house backed the proposal to dissolve parliament, which had been tabled by three major political parties.
It was the first-ever such decision by Czech lawmakers.
President Milos Zeman now has to formally approve the dissolution and set an election date to follow within 60 days.
He has already proposed calling the vote for October 25-26.
The next regular elections had been scheduled for May 2014.
Based on reporting by AFP and AP