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The Parliament passes a motions for democratization of the armed forces and the law enforcement
Yesterday, the parliament has passed motion proposed by the Government abolishing all military and police ranks and making the military and police commanders electable by the active soldiers or police officers respectively. The position of commander-in-chief remains unchanged. The Government of President Reiserová has stated that this step is crucial in democratizing the armed forces and the law enforcement in accordance with the Socialist Republican principles and that the security conditions allow for this democratization to be undertaken.
In addition to these changes the Parliament also passed motions to increase the political education of the soldiers, in order increase their morale and include firearm training into a mandatory education. All able-bodied, healthy citizens will be required to undertake firearm training after they reach 21 years of age. The Government has stated that the defense of revolution is a duty of every citizen and mandatory firearm training will ensure that all citizens will have the necessary capabilities to defend it.
The laws will pass into effect on 1 January 2022. All sections of the military and law enforcement will hold the elections for their commanders before this date.