Thursday, December 2, 2021

Official: Czech president can’t perform duties due to health

PRAGUE (AP) – Czech President Milos Zeman was unable to carry out his duties due to health problems, an official said Monday.

The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrčil, said that in a letter he received from the Prague military hospital, where Zeman is being treated, it is said that the 77-year-old president cannot work.

According to a letter signed by the director of the hospital, Miroslav Zaboral, Zeman is unable to perform “any work duties for health reasons,” and the long-term prognosis is “very uncertain.” It said that Zeman’s return to his duties in the next few weeks is “very unlikely.”

Zeman was taken to a military hospital in the Czech capital on October 10, the day after the elections to the lower house of parliament.

The hospital previously reported that Zeman is in the intensive care unit in a stable condition, but further details about his health are unknown.

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As president, Zeman plays a key role in the creation of the new government. Although the office is mostly ceremonial, the Czech president is responsible for pursuing the party leader in order to try to form a government after parliamentary elections.

If Zeman is unable to act due to illness or other reasons, the prime minister and the speakers of both houses of parliament pass to his presidential powers.

If that happens, a new speaker of the lower house will elect a prime minister. The new assembly will meet for the first time on November 8 to elect the speaker and other officials.

Vostrchil said Senate representatives will meet with the leaders of the parties elected to the lower house to discuss a temporary transfer of presidential powers.

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