Green leader calls for mechanism that would allow removal of president

14-05-2009

The leader of the Green Party, Martin Bursík, says the Czech constitution should be amended to allow for the dismissal of the president. Speaking to the news website aktualne.cz, Mr Bursík said the Greens were preparing a constitutional amendment that would allow the removal of the head of state. The move comes in response to Mr Klaus’s current refusal to put his signature to the Czech Parliament’s ratification of the Lisbon treaty. After the Senate approved it last week, the president hinted he wouldn’t sign ratification until the document had been sent to the Constitutional Court by a group of Eurosceptic senators. He also said as long as Ireland had not ratified it, the Lisbon treaty was dead.