President Zeman voted from the castle while his health condition remains a mystery

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  • President Miloš Zeman voted on Friday afternoon at the castle in Lány.
  • The presidential spokesman admits that Zeman faces health problems.
  • The meeting between Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the President, scheduled for Sunday evening, still remains on air.

The Castle published photos of President Miloš Zeman voting on Friday afternoon at his presidential residence in Lány. According to the chairman of the electoral commission, Ivan Salač, the election took place standardly. He said the President was sitting in his chair during the procedure.

The Castle published three photos of the head of state from the election. “It was an ordinary election, except that the President did not come to us, but we came to him,” said Ivan Salač, who delivered the ballot box to Zeman at the Castle. 

After several days of speculation, on Friday, presidential spokesman Jiří Ovčáček finally admitted that Zeman was ill. The President’s ability to carry out his constitutional responsibilities, however, remains unaffected. He had, however,  to cancel appearances, including a Sunday post-election debate on doctor’s advice. Ovčáček said no decision had been made regarding the post-election meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) on Sunday.

A meeting between Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the President has been scheduled for Sunday evening, which may be the start of a lengthy process to form a new government. If the President cannot participate due to health issues in post-election discussions on the establishment of a new government, the Czech Republic will go into uncharted waters.