Covid-positive Czech President, 77, is wheeled from his hospital bed to appoint new PM

The 77-year-old Covid-positive Czech President is rolled out of his hospital bed and placed in a Plexiglas box in his official residence so that he can appoint the country’s new Prime Minister despite his illness

  • Milos Zeman, 77, tested positive for coronavirus last week and is required to isolate
  • The Czech President was taken from the hospital to attend the ceremony
  • He was separated from Fiala and other officials by panels during the swearing-in ceremony










The Czech President sworn in as the country’s new Prime Minister in a Plexiglas box in Petr Fiala on Sunday.

Milos Zeman was separated in his wheelchair from Fiala and the other officials in the box during the ceremony in the Presidential Castle in Lany, west of Prague.

The president tested positive for coronavirus last week and is required to isolate. Zeman wished Fiala ‘success’.

After the vote from October 8th to 9th, a liberal-conservative three-party coalition called Together, consisting of the Citizens Democratic Party, the Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party, led with a 27.8% share of the vote.

Milos Zeman was separated from Fiala and the other officials by transparent boards during the ceremony in the Presidential Castle in Lany, west of Prague, in a wheelchair

Milos Zeman was separated from Fiala and the other officials by transparent boards during the ceremony in the Presidential Castle in Lany, west of Prague, in a wheelchair

Together with a left-liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN – a group of mayors and independent candidates – who took third place with 15.6% of the vote.

The new partnership will have 108 seats in the 200-seat lower house of parliament, relegating populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his centrist movement ANO (YES) to the opposition.

The five parties of the future government coalition have agreed to share power. They are closer to the European Union than the Eurosceptic Babis.

77-year-old Zeman wasn't released from the capital's military hospital until Saturday after being treated for an unspecified illness for more than a month and then worried a few days after testing positive for the coronavirus.  The ceremony was originally supposed to take place on Friday

77-year-old Zeman wasn’t released from the capital’s military hospital until Saturday after being treated for an unspecified illness for more than a month and then worried a few days after testing positive for the coronavirus. The ceremony was originally supposed to take place on Friday

Fiala, 57, has led the conservative Democratic Citizens’ Party since 2014 and is a professor of political science. Before that, he was Minister of Education from 2012 to 2013.

It is not immediately clear when Zeman will appoint the entire cabinet. Zeman said he will meet with the ministerial candidates between Monday and December 13 to discuss their future jobs.

77-year-old Zeman wasn’t released from the capital’s military hospital until Saturday after being treated for an unspecified illness for more than a month and then worried a few days after testing positive for the coronavirus. Originally the ceremony was supposed to take place on Friday.

He was hospitalized on October 10, one day after the general election, and treated in an intensive care unit. His condition has been attributed to an unspecified chronic disease.

Fiala, 57, has led the conservative Democratic Citizens' Party since 2014 and is a professor of political science.  Before that, he was Minister of Education from 2012 to 2013

Fiala, 57, has led the conservative Democratic Citizens’ Party since 2014 and is a professor of political science. Before that, he was Minister of Education from 2012 to 2013

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