Czech President Zeman hospitalized after talks with PM Babis
21:24, 10 October 2021
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.
#Czech president rushed to hospital after poll drama
Czech President Milos #Zeman was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit on Sunday, creating uncertainty at a time when he is due to lead political talks about forming a new government after a parliamentary election. pic.twitter.com/k02z0UMSPA
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.
MiloÅ¡ Zeman's spokesman has posted these pictures of the Czech president voting. He was unable to go to a polling station and, given the formal tasks he must perform, his state of health is a major issue as we go into this election weekend. pic.twitter.com/H2UX5K5GHF
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.