Czech president in wheelchair, appoints prime minister through windshield

Czech President Milos Zeman appointed new Prime Minister Petr Fiala from the glass chamber after being confirmed to be infected with nCoV.

The appointment ceremony of the new Prime Minister Petr Fiala took place at Lany castle, near Prague, on November 28, and President Milos Zeman was arranged to sit in a glass cage to ensure safety rules because he was confirmed to have nCoV infection.

President Zeman, 77, was earlier pushed in a wheelchair by medical staff wearing protective gear to the appointment ceremony. He received a positive result for nCoV after 6 weeks of being hospitalized for another illness.

Czech President Milos Zeman (right) sits in a glass during the appointment ceremony of new Prime Minister Petr Fiala (standing opposite) at Lany Castle on November 28.  Photo: Reuters.

Czech President Milos Zeman (right) sits in a glass during the appointment ceremony of new Prime Minister Petr Fiala (standing opposite) at Lany Castle on November 28. Photo: Reuters.

Fiala, leader of the five-party bloc, won the election in October over his predecessor Andrej Babis and his allies. The new government of Fiala will face a series of challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the energy crisis.

“The new government has a complicated time and many challenges ahead. I want this to be the government of change for the future,” said the new Czech Prime Minister.

Fiala is expected to announce a new cabinet in mid-December.

The Czech Republic currently records more than two million infections and nearly 33,000 deaths from nCoV. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, about 58.5% of Czechs have received the Covid-19 vaccine, lower than the region’s 65.8% average.

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