Czechia: President Zeman to be released from the hospital in coming days, will name Fiala as PM

Czech President Miloš Zeman in an interview for Nova TV channel in his hospital room. (Jiří Ovčáček/Twitter)
By Lucie Ctverakova
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Czech President Miloš Zeman said he expects to be released from the Central Military Hospital in a few days in an interview with Nova TV channel. He will then stay in his seat in the Lány château and will accept candidates for ministers in the government of Petr Fiala.

In a 15-minutes long pre-recorded interview, Zeman looked relaxed, repeatedly praising the care provided by the hospital’s medical team.

The president has been receiving treatment at the Central Military Hospital since Oct. 10. His spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček said that Zeman’s release from the hospital can be expected very soon.

“I am already working, but in any case, I assume that I will be released from the hospital within a few days, I will go to Lány, and there, my workload will increase even more as I will accept candidates for ministers,” Zeman said.

He would like to start working as much as he did before in less than a month, he added.

Zeman also defended the head of his office, Vratislav Mynář, who faced criticism over handling the situation during Zeman’s first days in the hospital. Zeman described Mynář as a great civic officer and a good friend.

Zeman is being treated for his worsening liver disease. He was originally in an intensive care unit. On Monday, Zeman was transferred to a long-term care bed so he could start receiving visitors. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited him that day, and on Tuesday, Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová arrived to meet with Zeman.

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