Czech Republic: President Milos Zeman has been released from hospital


Czech President Milos Zeman, who was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19, was released from hospital today to appoint a new prime minister tomorrow, his spokesman Giri Ovcacek said.

“The president left the Military University Hospital (UVN) to go to the Lani mansion,” Ovcacek told his official residence. He is expected to appoint the head of the government, the center-right Petr Fiala, tomorrow at 12 noon. At the moment, “how” the ceremony will take place is “under consideration”, the spokesman added.

The 77-year-old president will have to remain in quarantine for two weeks, based on current health measures in the Czech Republic.

Zeman has been hospitalized for another illness since October 10 and was discharged Thursday morning. In the afternoon of the same day, however, he was rushed back to the hospital, after he tested positive for Covid-19.

Zeman accepted the official resignation of Andrei Babis’s government on November 11, after the latter lost the election.

The Czech Republic has a daily record number of Covid-19 cases and the caretaker government was forced to impose new restrictions on Thursday, such as the closure of restaurants, bars and all Christmas markets.

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