President Zeman of the Czech Republic discharged from the hospital after 46 days


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FILE PHOTO: Re-elected Czech President Milos Zeman attends the inauguration ceremony at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech President Milos Zeman has been discharged from hospital following a stay of more than six weeks, according to the Central Military Hospital in Prague (UVN).

Zeman, 77, was taken to the hospital on Oct. 10 with complications from an unspecified chronic ailment, which physicians diagnosed as a liver condition.

He was admitted to hospital a day after Zeman's allies, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, lost a legislative election to a center-right coalition, undermining the president's clout over parliament.

Zeman was initially treated in an intensive care unit, and doctors expressed uncertainty about his prognosis. Parliament prepared to debate stripping Zeman of his presidential powers, but Zeman's illness recovered after several weeks.

He has stated that he will respect the election outcome and name center-right leader Peter Fiala as prime minister on Friday, with the cabinet to be appointed afterward.

According to the hospital, the president chose to continue treatment in the presidential retreat in Lany, west of Prague, despite his hospital recommendations.

The hospital stated that it warned Zeman, his family, and closest colleagues of potential dangers and problems and recommended that he be treated at a specialized medical institution.

However, it stated that Zeman's condition had improved significantly and that it accepted his decision to "prioritize performing his constitutional duties."

Before his hospitalization, Zeman attempted to mend fences with Russia and China, but relations with Moscow worsened over a spying dispute and with Beijing over failed investment plans.

The new government aspires to expand its Western orientation and connections with democracies, particularly Taiwan, which China claims as its territory.

Zeman is 15 months into his final five-year term.

Publish : 2021-11-25 17:30:00

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