Czech President Milos Zeman was taken to hospital on Sunday because of his poor health, which would complicate the process of forming a new government a day after the ruling coalition narrowly lost parliamentary elections.
Zeman’s doctor Miroslav Javoral said in a statement that the 77-year-old, who suffers from diabetes and has difficulty walking, was in intensive care.
Javoral said the president was suffering from complications related to a known condition, but he did not give further details. Zeman was previously hospitalized for a few days last month after his office said he was dehydrated and tired.
Zeman was admitted to Prague’s Central Military Hospital shortly after meeting with Prime Minister Andrzej Babis, whose central Ano party was unexpectedly defeated by the right-wing coalition in Saturday’s parliamentary elections.
According to the Czech constitution, the president has the right to decide which party gets the first chance to form a new government after the election. If the President is unable to do so, the Speaker of the lower house of Parliament decides.
Zeman said before the election that he would give the first shot at forming the government to the largest single party instead of the coalition with the most seats.
If Zeman sticks to that decision, it means that the Babis will have a chance to try to stay in power. His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about 27 percent of the vote.
The Together Bloc and the centrist Pirsten, the Pirate Party and the second coalition of mayors and independents, which came third in Saturday’s vote, both refused to cooperate with Babis, accusing the business empire of conflict of interest. Minister made before coming into politics.
Babis has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Among them, Tagader and Pirsten won 108 of the 200 seats in parliament, meaning that even if Babis is given his first chance to form a government, he will fight to succeed unless MPs together or Pirsten resign to join him.
“The situation is quite clear: there should be a majority of 108 deputies and the response of the head of state should be appointed [Together leader] Peter Fayla as Prime Minister. There is no other alternative, ”Martin Kupka, a coalition MP, told CNN Prima TV on Sunday.
“The president should abide by the constitutional norms and take the necessary steps.”
Mayor and Independent leader Vit Rakusan said Saturday evening that the two alliances would work together and that Fayala should be nominated as the new prime minister. “We will not be disappointed. We will keep our promises, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Babis did not speak after leaving the meeting with Zeman on Sunday.
He later wrote a brief message to his supporters on Facebook in which he mentioned that Ano would be the largest single party in the new parliament despite not winning the election.
“At first glance, it looks like a five-party alliance has worked to get the Babis out of politics. But the coming months will show whether that is the case, ”he said.