President Milos Zeman has appointed
, leader of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), is the
new premier of the Czech Republic.
The ceremony took place in the presidential residence of Lany, near Prague, "in strict compliance with health measures" since last Thursday the president Milos
, shortly after being discharged from the hospital, tested
positive for Covid-19.
To avoid any contact during the ceremony, Zeman arrived in a wheelchair and was separated from Fiala by a plexiglass box
The decree of the appointment was subjected to ultraviolet rays.
Politologist and professor Petr Fiala, 57, succeeds Andrej Babis.
After the legislative elections held at the beginning of October, the Spolu center-right coalitions led by Petr Fiala (and formed by the Ods, Top 09 and Kdu-Csl parties) and the alliance of the Pirate Party and the movement of Mayors and independents obtained the majority of 108 seats in the Chamber of Deputies with 200 seats in all. The new government is expected to have 18 ministers from the five parties who signed the coalition agreement in November. However, the
appointment of the entire cabinet will most likely postpone due to the isolation of President Zeman infected with Covid-19. The head of state intends to meet all the ministers before appointing them.
Until the appointment of the new government, the outgoing premier Babis will continue to be at the head of his minority government formed by the Ano movement (Action of the Discontented Citizen) and by the Social Democrats (Cssd).