Czech president can not carry out duties attributable to sick well being: Official

Senate speaker says hospitalised President Milos Zeman unable to work, seeks to shift duties to different officers.

Czech President Milos Zeman is at the moment unable to hold out his duties, the top of parliament’s higher home has mentioned, citing a report he had requested from the hospital the place Zeman has been in intensive look after greater than every week.

Milos Vystrcil, the Senate speaker, informed reporters on Monday that the report mentioned it was unlikely Zeman may return to work within the coming weeks.

He mentioned parliament thus wanted to debate enacting a constitutional clause that shifts the president’s duties to different officers, together with the appointment of a brand new prime minister following the October 8-9 election.

Such a move would require the consent of each homes of parliament, with the brand new decrease chamber attributable to meet for the primary time on November 8.

Zeman was taken to hospital on October 10, the day after the election wherein his ally, Prime Minister Andrej Babis, was defeated by a gaggle of opposition events that grabbed a majority of seats within the decrease home and are aiming to type a brand new authorities.

Zeman’s workplace has disregarded calls to provide any particulars on the 77-year-old president’s situation or analysis, past saying his hospitalisation didn’t get in the way in which of his duties.

That prompted Vystrcil to hunt the hospital’s opinion, with out explicitly revealing the analysis, and the hospital gave its report on Monday.

“In the opinion of the Central Military Hospital, President Milos Zeman is not currently able, due to health reasons, to carry out any work duties,” Vystrcil mentioned.

“In the [hospital’s] opinion, given the character of President Zeman’s underlying illness, the long-term prognosis of his health condition is highly uncertain and thus the possibility of his return to performing work duties in the coming weeks is evaluated as unlikely.”

Zeman’s spouse mentioned final week that he wants time to recuperate amid uncertainty about whether or not his situation would have an effect on efforts to type a brand new authorities.

“I can only confirm that he has been undergoing treatment that needs time,” Ivana Zemanova mentioned. “I’d like to ask you for patience and time; he needs to regain strength.”

Zeman is a heavy smoker and drinker who has suffered from diabetes. He has bother strolling and has been utilizing a wheelchair.

Jiri Ovcacek, the president’s spokesman, beforehand mentioned Zeman’s present keep in hospital doesn’t threaten the nation’s post-election negotiations and his constitutional duties.

Zeman was beforehand admitted for hospitalisation on September 14 for what his workplace described later as a deliberate examination. The workplace mentioned the president was solely dehydrated and exhausted. Zeman was discharged after eight days. He spent 4 days in the identical hospital in 2019 for comparable causes.

A liberal-conservative, three-party coalition named Together gained 27.Eight % of the vote on Saturday, beating Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO (YES) celebration, which gained 27.1 %. A centre-left liberal coalition obtained 15.6 % to complete third.

The two coalitions have pledged to control collectively. They are nearer to the European Union mainstream than Eurosceptic Babis.

Together gained 71 of the 200 seats within the decrease home of parliament and the centre-left alliance gained 37 seats, which might give their authorities a snug, 108-seat majority.

Babis’s ANO gained 72 seats, six fewer than it did within the 2017 election. He mentioned he was able to be in opposition regardless of Zeman’s supply to attempt to type a authorities. The two are shut allies.