The heads of the region sent Czech President Milos Zeman, who has been in hospital since Sunday, their wishes for a speedy recovery. It was also done by the Polish presidential couple. Andrei Duda and Agata Kornhauser Duda wrote: “Agata and I are worried about you. We wish you a speedy recovery and pray for your health.”
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Zeman’s spokesman quoted the wishes of Andrzej Duda and the first lady of the Czech president: “Agata and I are worried about you. We wish you a speedy recovery and pray for your health.”
And the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, sent similar wishes to Prague: “I know you are going through a difficult period, so I want to wish you health and strength, and a speedy recovery.” “I look forward to hearing the good news of your recovery,” Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen wrote.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, wrote of the Czech president that he was always a “zealous and brave fighter who fought and won many difficult battles.” I hope that you will emerge victorious from this challenge,” he hoped.
Zeman’s spokesman, Jerzy Ovcacic, also conveyed wishes from the presidents of Slovenia and Bulgaria, Borut Pahor and Rumen Radev.
Milos Zeman in hospital
On Sunday, Zeman was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Central Military Hospital in Prague. The director of the hospital, the attending physician of the president, Miroslav Zavoral, invoking the will of the patient, refused to give the diagnosis. The presidential office says very little about the illness, Zeman’s stay in hospital and his state of health, but he assures that the head of state is performing his duties.
President Zeman appointed the head of one of the courts, and in the presence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives he signed a decree holding the inaugural session of the newly elected representatives on November 8.
Senate President Milos Westrichl said on Friday that he had not received information from the president’s advisory on whether the head of state is capable of performing his constitutional duties. Now a similar letter was addressed to the director of the hospital, the attending physician.
According to the Constitutionalists, the president is not obligated to take any action until November 8. After the opening session of the new Chamber of Deputies, he must accept the resignation of the government of Andrej Babis. In the event that the President is unable to perform his office, the Houses of Parliament may temporarily remove him from the performance of his duties.
The Czech Prime Minister who is still in office said in an interview with Radio Frekvans 1 that he and his movement are ready to hand over power to the center-right government that constitutes the majority of the two coalitions – SPOLU and PIRSTAN. Both coalitions, made up of five parties, have 108 seats in the House of Representatives and have rejected Papis’ proposals to negotiate a new government with the participation of the ANO movement.
The Prime Minister reiterated on the air that President Zeman, on Sunday, before being taken to hospital, reaffirmed his commitment to assigning the Prime Minister the task of forming a new government. Babis wanted to tell the president first about his decision, but because Zeman was staying in the intensive care unit, the meeting was postponed until the head of state’s health improved.
The Anu Babis party won 72 seats in the House of Representatives elections on October 8 and 9. The coalition of the three right-wing parties, SPOLU, has 71 deputies, but more votes were cast than Anu. President Zeman announced before the elections that he would assign the task of forming a new government after the vote to the leader of the stronger party, and not to a coalition.
SPOLU and PIRSTAN began negotiations on forming a joint government on Wednesday. Negotiating groups first develop their program and then discuss employee proposals.
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