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Czech President swears in to opposition leader as new prime minister


Czech President sworn in Petr Fiala as the country’s new prime minister after parliamentary elections last month

Zeman wished Fiala “success”.

Together, they teamed up with a center-left liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN – a group of mayors and independent candidates – which came in third place 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 Babis and his centrist movement ANO (YES) to the opposition.

The five parties of the future government coalition have agreed on a power-sharing agreement. They are closer to the European Union than the Eurosceptics Babis.

Fiala, 57, who has led the conservative Civic Democratic Party since 2014, is a professor of political science. Previously, he was Minister of Education between 2012 and 2013.

It’s not immediately clear when Zeman might appoint the entire cabinet. Zeman said he would meet with the ministerial candidates between Monday and December 13 to discuss their future jobs.

Zeman, 77, was not released from the military hospital in the capital until Saturday after more than a month of treatment for an unspecified illness, then a few days of concern after being tested positive for the coronavirus. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on Friday.

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