Czech President Milos Zeman has been hospitalized with cirrhosis of the liver, the Czech news agency ČTK reported, citing a member of the council of doctors, surgeon Pavel Pafko. transfers Interfax. Pafko said that Zeman is currently injected with a feeding tube.
Zeman has been at the Central Military Hospital in Prague since October 10. The reason for his hospitalization was initially not disclosed. On Thursday, he was transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular ward.
The Czech Senate will discuss the issue of depriving Zeman of presidential powers for health reasons. The likelihood that he will be able to return to work is extremely small, according to a message from the Central Military Hospital, where Zeman is located.
The message of doctors was quoted by the chairman of the upper chamber of the Czech parliament (Senate) Milos Vystrchil, writes Denik N. According to him, in this situation there is no other way, except for the transfer of Zeman’s powers to other leaders of the country.
The head of the Senate stressed that this is not about the dismissal of Zeman’s post, but about the temporary transfer of powers according to the procedure prescribed in the Czech Constitution in case the president cannot fulfill his duties.
Both houses of parliament must vote for the transfer of powers. If this happens, powers will be redistributed between the prime minister and the head of the lower house of parliament, and the new head of government can be appointed by the speaker of the lower house. Most likely, he will be elected a representative of the opposition that won the elections, Radio Liberty notes.
Milos Zeman has not appeared in public for over a month. He was hospitalized immediately after the parliamentary elections, in which his ally, Prime Minister Andrei Babis, was defeated. It is the president who must appoint the new prime minister.