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Czech President in ‘stable’ condition after post-election hospitalization

Zeman, who performs a vital position in selecting the subsequent prime minister, was admitted to Prague’s Central Military Hospital on Sunday after holding talks with embattled PM Andrej Babiš.

In Saturday’s nail-bitingly shut vote, most voters backed two opposition coalitions who now have sufficient seats in parliament to kind a authorities.

The Czech Republic’s political future stays in limbo whereas Zeman is handled, nonetheless. One of the president’s essential constitutional roles is to pick the subsequent prime minister to kind a authorities.

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A spokesman for the hospital advised CNN on Monday that Zeman’s condition had stabilized.

“The reason for [Zeman’s] hospitalization is complications from the illnesses for which he has been receiving treatments,” physician Miroslav Zavoral mentioned in a quick assertion to the press on Sunday, including he couldn’t but discuss concerning the prognosis.

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Video from outdoors the presidential chateau in Lány, west of Prague, confirmed an ambulance leaving the compound with a police escort and limousines.

Zeman has been affected by a spread of well being issues over latest years. On recommendation of his physician, he voted in the nation’s normal election Friday from the presidential retreat, as an alternative of at a college in Prague as was beforehand scheduled.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's populist party loses grip on power in nail-bitingly close election

Zeman was taken to hospital shortly after talking with Babiš — a day after the election in which the PM’s ruling social gathering ANO appeared to have misplaced its grip on energy, and the 2 opposition teams who gained a majority mentioned they deliberate to kind a authorities collectively.

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Zeman has not mentioned whom he would ask to kind the subsequent authorities. But he beforehand indicated he would ask the chief of the most important single social gathering, reasonably than a coalition.

Complicating issues additional, Babiš’s ruling ANO social gathering gained essentially the most seats amongst particular person events — however has no clear path to a majority in the decrease home.

Dramatic day on the poll field

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Babiš’s ANO social gathering was edged out by the narrowest of margins by the 2 opposition coalitions making an attempt to unseat him, in keeping with the Czech Statistical Office.

The center-right alliance Spolu (Together) gained essentially the most votes with 27.79% of the ballots, adopted by Babiš’s ANO social gathering with 27.12%, and the centrist PirStan coalition on 15.62%.

“We are the change. You are the change,” Spolu coalition chief Petr Fiala mentioned Saturday, claiming victory earlier than a cheering crowd.

The chief of the PirStan coalition, Ivan Bartoš, mentioned talks with Spolu “on the possibilities of forming a new government” would doubtless start on Saturday.

“The dominance of Andrej Babiš is over, and the democratic parties have shown that the era of chaos will probably be behind us,” Bartoš mentioned.

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After profitable a mixed 108 seats in the 200-seat decrease home on Saturday, talks between the 2 teams who campaigned towards Babiš ended with the leaders of the 5 events in the mixed coalitions signing a memorandum to work collectively to kind the subsequent authorities.

A brand new authorities would distance the Czech Republic from populist events in Hungary and Poland, which have more and more come below fireplace for rolling again European Union democratic values.

The tight election additionally comes simply days after a Pandora Papers investigation into controversial monetary dealings by Babiš and different world leaders. The report claimed the Czech prime minister secretly moved $22 million via offshore corporations to buy an property on the French Riviera in 2009, earlier than he entered politics.

Responding on Twitter, Babiš mentioned he had “never done anything unlawful.”

A businessman who’s price about $3.4 billion, in keeping with Bloomberg, Babiš has railed towards the elite since he turned prime minister in 2017, vowing to crack down on tax avoidance.

But his premiership has been dogged by long-standing allegations of monetary impropriety.

CNN’s John Mastrini reported from Prague, Sheena McKenzie wrote in London. Sarah Dean and Amy Cassidy contributed to this report.

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