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Czech President Miloš Zeman was released from a military university hospital after more than six weeks.

The Prague hospital said Thursday it would have preferred Zeman to stay at the facility, but accepted his decision to leave due to “significant improvement”.

The 77-year-old man was admitted to intensive care on October 10, the day after the Czech parliamentary elections.

Zeman, a heavy smoker and drinker with diabetes, has difficulty walking and uses a wheelchair. His condition was attributed to an unspecified chronic illness.

He will now recover at the presidential residence of Lany Castle, just west of the Czech capital.

As president, Zeman has a key role in establishing a new government and is expected to be sworn in on Friday in the new coalition government led by Petr Fiala.

A liberal-conservative tripartite coalition known as the Ensemble – made up of the Civic Democratic Party, the Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party – won the elections with 27.8% of the vote.

Together, they teamed up with a liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN – a group of mayors and independent candidates – which came in third with 15.6% of the vote.

The new partnership will hold 108 seats in the 200-seat lower house of parliament, relegating populist Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his centrist movement ANO (YES) to the opposition.

Zeman accepted Babiš’s official resignation on November 11, after being transferred from intensive care.

The 77-year-old president has fifteen months left for his second and final five-year term.

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