Eastern Europe

Czech President Zeman leaves hospital to name new Prime Minister

22:11, 27 November 2021
Czech President Zeman leaves hospital to name new Prime Minister Photo: Katerina Sulova/CTK/Global Look Press

The President was discharged from hospital on October 10 before testing positive for COVID and re-hospitalized.

President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman left hospital on Saturday after recovering from COVID and returned to the presidential residence. He is now expected to appoint a new Czech Prime Minister on Sunday, spokesperson Jiri Ovcacek announced.

Ovcacek added that the leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala will be named the new Prime Minister at 11 a.m. local time specifying that the details and format of the inauguration ceremony have not been yet established as the President has to undergo two-week quarantine.

During his treatment, fully-vaccinated Zeman, 77, took monoclonal antibodies. He has also received a booster shot and had no COVID symptoms.

The Spolu (together) coalition which consists of three liberal parties and led by Fiala, won the Czech legislative elections in October. Spolu defeated the ANO party led by current billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis who assured that he would smoothly transfer the power to the opposition winners.

The Czech Republic has recently recorded a considerable increase in the number of new COVID cases, beating on Thursday its previous record as it detected over 28,000 new cases. The country has been significantly hit by the pandemic with more than 2,1 mln confirmed cases and over 32,700 deaths.