The president of the camera High of the Czech parliament said on Monday that President Milos Zeman is not now in able to perform his duties, citing a report he requested at the hospital where Zeman was admitted in intensive care for more than a week.
Milos Westersel told reporters that the letter he received from the military hospital in Prague, where 77-year-old Zeman is hospitalized, stated that he was not in able to work.
He added that the report indicates that the chances of Zeman returning to work in the coming weeks are very slim.
According to the letter signed by the director of the hospital Miroslav Zavoral, Zeman is not in able to carry out “no work assignment for health reasons” and that the long-term prognosis of his condition is “completely uncertain”.
Westersel said Parliament had to take in considering the issue of a constitutional provision that would transfer the functions of the president to other officials.
Zeman was transferred to the military hospital in the Czech capital on 10 October, the day after the parliamentary elections.
The hospital said in previously that Zeman is in the intensive care unit and his condition is stable, but no other details about his illness have been revealed.
As president, Zeman is a key player in the formation of a new government after the last elections.
Although the location is in largely ceremonial, the Czech president is responsible for assigning a party leader to try to form a government after parliamentary elections.
If Zeman is not in able to act due to illness or other reasons, the Prime Minister and the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament will assume his presidential powers.
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