Power to the people! Czechs to get direct presidential vote
The government coalition parties have agreed through negotiations with the opposition social democrats on changing the law to allow the public to elect the Czech President directly.
The announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Justice, Jiří Pospíšil, who informed that the system would most likely involve a two-round election procedure where only the top two candidates would make it into the second round.
At present the President is voted in by parliament, but by February 2013 when the term of office of current president Vaclav Klaus ends, anyone managing to collect 50,000 signatures could maybe stand for the head of state post.
Parliament will also deal with the length of the term of office, but overall Pospíšil is confident that the new system will be in place by 2013.