The president communicates and follows politics

Prague Castle plans to comment on the next steps President Miloš Zeman will take in forming a new government on Wednesday. According to castle spokesman Jiří Ovčáček, the president is communicating, monitoring the political situation, and familiarizing himself with the latest events.

His family and Chancellor Vratislav Mynář visited him at the Central Military Hospital on Tuesday. Prague Castle had earlier announced that Zeman had appointed Milan Čečotka as the new president of the Brno regional court on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said that the president would give the mandate to form a government after the current government resigns. “We can expect a statement on this matter tomorrow (Wednesday),” Ovčáček said.

Miroslav Zavoral, the president’s physician, did not disclose the exact diagnosis to the media because he did not have the patient’s consent. Jitka Zinke, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said on Monday that Zeman’s condition was stable.

Because of the hospitalization, the media and politicians speculate about the president’s ability to exercise his office. Therefore, the Senate wants to ask the Office of the President of the Republic to diagnose the president’s health. According to Ovčáček’s earlier statement, the hospitalization does not endanger the post-election negotiations.

On Sunday, after Zeman was taken to the hospital, the castle spokesman said that the president’s hospitalization does not threaten the post-election negotiations and the constitutional situation. He added that the president now needs time off for treatment, and doctors will decide on its course and length.