Czech crisis looms as ailing president leaves country in political limbo

The political fate of the country remains unsure despite elections earlier this month, and could rest on the health of an ill president, reports William Nattrass in Prague

Wednesday 20 October 2021 15:02
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<p>Miroslav Zavoral, director of the Military University Hospital, speaks after Czech president Milos Zeman was admitted to  intensive care</p>

Miroslav Zavoral, director of the Military University Hospital, speaks after Czech president Milos Zeman was admitted to intensive care

Czech Republic President Milos Zeman faces being stripped of his powers while lying incapacitated in a Prague hospital as the country remains in political limbo, almost a fortnight after elections.

The details of Zeman’s medical diagnosis remain unknown, but doctors say his condition leaves him unable to perform his presidential functions, which includes helping secure the formation of a new government after elections on 8 and 9 October. It is unknown when – or if – Zeman, 77, will be able to return to work.

The state of his health had been shrouded in mystery since he was hospitalised over a week ago. His spokespeople evaded questions and lambasted the “hypocrisy” of those trying to find out whether ill-health left him unable to perform his post-election role.

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