Eastern Europe

Czech President Zeman hospitalized after talks with PM Babis

21:24, 10 October 2021
Czech President Zeman hospitalized after talks with PM Babis Photo: Michal Krumphanzl/CTK/Global Look Press

The President was taken to an intensive care unit after he met billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis after an astonishing defeat at the elections.

Czech President Milos Zeman has been taken to hospital shortly after liberal opposition was declared victorious in the recent parliamentary elections.

“At the moment the patient is in an intensive care unit the Central Military Hospital of Prague,” doctor Miroslav Zavoral told journalists.

He added that the hospital’s staff knew the President’s diagnosis but he could not share this information with the media or specify Zeman’s condition. He was receiving treatment, the doctor said.

The President’s administration has earlier said that Zeman was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration after his last hospitalization in September. The Head of State used to have an alcohol addiction and remains a heavy smoker. He also has diabetes and moves in a wheelchair.

However, he revealed that shortly before being hospitalized the President met Prime Minister Andrej Babis at the presidential chateau.

Babis’ ANO party coalition did not manage to get re-elected on Saturday as it got 27.1% of votes and was defeated by the center-right coalition Spolu (Together) which received 27.8% of the vote.

Billionaire Babis, who is also Zeman’s main ally, is expected to stay in office as the President has announced that he will choose the winner of the largest party and not the coalition. Since ANO obtained most votes as one party, Babis will remain the country’s Prime Minister and be in charge of forming the next government.