Czech President Milos Zeman appoints Petr Fiala as prime minister

Czech President Milos Zeman appointed the leader of a centre-right alliance Petr Fiala as prime minister on Sunday in a ceremony he performed from a plexiglass cubicle after testing positive for COVID-19. Fiala leads a bloc of five centre and centre-right opposition parties that won an election in October, ousting the incumbent premier Andrej Babis… Read More Czech President Milos Zeman appoints Petr Fiala as prime minister

Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised following positive test for coronavirus

Czech President Milos Zeman was taken back to hospital on Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus, his office said, just hours after his release following more than six weeks of treatment for an unrelated condition. Zeman, 77, was released to home care on Thursday morning but an ambulance took him back to the Central… Read More Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised following positive test for coronavirus

Five Czech parties form coalition to oust PM Andrej Babis

The Czech Republic’s prospective new centre-right prime minister promised rapid change on Monday, after reaching an agreement among a coalition of five parties to form a government and oust Prime Minister Andrej Babis following an election last month. The parties – ranging from the mildly eurosceptic Civic Democrats to the progressive Pirate Party – pledged… Read More Five Czech parties form coalition to oust PM Andrej Babis

Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised due to health complications

Czech President Milos Zeman was receiving treatment in an intensive care unit on Sunday, creating uncertainty at a time when he is due to lead political talks about forming a new government after a parliamentary election. Director Miroslav Zavoral of the Central Military Hospital in Prague said Zeman, 77, was admitted due to complications related… Read More Czech President Milos Zeman hospitalised due to health complications

Czechs vote in parliamentary elections

Czechs began voting on Friday in a closely-fought parliamentary election, with Prime Minister Andrej Babis seeking a second term despite criticism that he mismanaged the pandemic, drove up the national debt and pursued his own business interests in office. Opinion polls put Babis’s populist ANO party only a few percentage points ahead of each of… Read More Czechs vote in parliamentary elections

Czech PM Andrej Babis receives first coronavirus vaccine as nation kicks off inoculation

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis became the first person in the country to be given a vaccine against the new coronavirus on Sunday, as European Union member states begin a pushback against the pandemic which is surging across the continent. Hungary and Slovakia stole a march on their fellow EU nations as they began vaccinating… Read More Czech PM Andrej Babis receives first coronavirus vaccine as nation kicks off inoculation

Tens of thousands rally to demand resignation of Czech PM Andrej Babis

Tens of thousands of Czechs hit the streets on Tuesday to demand the resignation of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged conflicts of interest involving his former business empire and an investigation into a decade-old EU subsidy. Organizers estimated 120,000 people protested on Prague’s central Wenceslas Square, making it one of the largest demonstrations… Read More Tens of thousands rally to demand resignation of Czech PM Andrej Babis