Czech Republic delays Lisbon Treaty vote until February 3

Other News Materials 9 December 2008 20:17 (UTC +04:00)

The Czech parliament's lower house Tuesday adjourned a session on the European Union's reform treaty until February 3 in a bid to postpone the vote on the pact, dpa reported.

The 200-seat house adjourned the session in a 159-8 vote, requested by the party of Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek.

Topolanek's centre-right Civic Democrats want to barter their support for the Lisbon Treaty in exchange for opposition votes for a US plan to place a missile defence installation on Czech soil.

The Czech Republic, which takes over at EU's helm on January 1, is the last country to vote on the pact, stalled since Irish voters rejected it in June.