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Prime Minister Andrej Babis' populist party finished second in Sunday's elections, and President Milos Zeman, who will play a vital role in forming a new government, was sent to the hospital.
President of the Czech Republic is a primarily ceremonial position, but he decides which political leader can try to establish the country's next government after him. As he exited the presidential chateau in Lany outside Prague after his meeting with Babis, Zeman made no remarks.
In the Czech Republic's recent elections, Babis' centrist ANO (Yes) party, founded by a populist billionaire named Babis, came up just short, and his reign as leader of the EU nation's 10.7 million people could come to an end.
To beat Babis' ANO, a liberal-conservative three-party coalition called Together garnered 27.8% of the vote. Another blow to populists came from a center-left liberal coalition finishing third with 15.6% of the vote.
The victorious coalition had a comfortable majority of 108 seats in the 200-seat lower chamber of parliament, and they committed to work together after capturing 71 seats and 37 seats respectively. Babis's party garnered six less seats than in the last election (in 2017) with 72 seats.
However, Zeman had previously stated that he would initially try to establish a government by appointing the leader of the most powerful party, not the most powerful coalition. As a result, Babis would have the opportunity to try to secure a majority for his envisioned new administration.
Zeman might ask him to try to form a new government again if he fails, as many anticipate him to, and his newest cabinet fails to win a confidence vote in the house.
That has occurred in the past. No timelines for the president's move meant a period of political uncertainty lasting from the October 2017 election to July 2018, when Babis' second cabinet eventually secured a vote of confidence in parliament.
"It would come as no surprise if Babis' electoral defeat did not become reality in the months to come," said Metropolitan University Prague expert Petr Just.
However, in contrast to the previous election in 2017, this one had a clear winner. As Together's leader and its prime ministerial candidate, Petr Fiala asked Zeman to accept the election outcomes.
Fiala said that the opposition now has a majority in the lower house. "The Constitution plainly states that a majority is required for a government to be legitimate. While we wait to see what steps President Zeman will take, it's critical that he not overlook this.
When asked about the results, Zeman congratulated the victor and all of the newly elected parliamentarians.
Zeman's powers will be transferred to the prime minister and the speakers of both chambers of parliament if he is unable to act due to illness or other circumstances. If that happens, the premier is chosen by the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives. To choose the speaker and other officials, parliament must meet within 30 days of the election.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which is anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim and wants the Czech Republic to exit the EU, came in fourth place with 9.6 percent of the vote, or 20 seats. For the first time since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the conventional parliamentary parties of the Social Democrats and Communists both failed to win seats in parliament.
The military hospital in Prague confirmed that Zeman was admitted there on Sunday. Zeman, 77, has diabetes and is a chain smoker and drinker. As a result of his disability, he has been confined to a wheelchair for the time being.
Dr. Miroslav Zavoral, the clinic's director, explained that the patient was hospitalized because of problems associated with the chronic condition for which he was being treated. He didn't go into further detail.
He later stated that his hospitalization does not jeopardize the country's post-election negotiations or his constitutional responsibilities. Jiri Ovcacek, the president's spokesperson Zeman, according to him, has requested daily media monitoring.
Zeman had already been admitted on the 14th of September for an assessment that his office afterwards described as planned. According to the White House, President Obama was only mildly dehydrated and fatigued when they last checked in with him. After eight days in the hospital, Zeman was finally discharged.
In 2019, he was admitted to the same hospital for the same cause and spent four days there.
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