Zeman recovers and returns to the saddle. It would be naive to try to take his powers now

photo: Mortgage photo, Aha! – D. Malik

As long as it seemed that Andrej Babiš would win the October elections and be commissioned by Zeman to form a new cabinet, most mainstream media were full of statements by friendly “democratic” politicians that the president’s ability to hold office was thoroughly examined and reduced if necessary. There was no shortage of more or less amateur “remote diagnoses,” according to which Zeman was a generally unruly lunatic who had lived outside real time and space for some time.

However, the election turned out differently – the coalition TOTAL and PirSTAN won the majority, Babiš ended up without a real chance for further rule and Zeman promised to entrust Viola. At that moment, there was an almost deafening silence in public space (an honor with a few exceptions) – the same politicians and the same media, which until then had questioned Zeman’s ability to continue to fully preside (and entrust Babiš), as if on their own words forgot. Strong statements and articles stating that before a possible appointment of the Purple Government should be thoroughly examined to see if the president is medically (especially mentally) fit to do so, you would be hard pressed to find with a very powerful magnifying glass.

Ten days ago, the medical council stated that Zeman’s condition “did not allow him to devote himself fully to work duties” and that “it is still very difficult to make a forecast of further development.” But because at the same time Zeman told the hospital that Babiš was out and Fiala would get a chance, no one was bothered by the doctors’ opinion twice. Earlier embarrassing political-media speculations about whether Zeman really decides at all, whether he even knows what his chancellor is telling the nation, whether he is still out of his mind, etc., have disappeared like a magic wand. Activist journalists who had described the president’s alleged delirium in delirium when he (again allegedly) saw spiders with falling legs on the walls in hallucinations suddenly stopped sounding the alarm that such a person could not name the Purple Government.

In addition, Zeman evidently began to recover a few days later. According to photos and witnesses, an exhausted, malnourished and permanently lying patient gradually becomes president again in an earlier (albeit physically limited) form. Which many of his opponents are reluctant to see. The weaker Zeman (humanly and politically), the happier they are (humanly and politically). And once they’ve begun to toy with the idea of ​​limiting presidential powers because of the health of the head of state, why not keep such a variant in reserve as a whip so that Zeman doesn’t ever get angry again?

“It is true that President Zeman is doing exactly what Parliament will allow him to do,” former Justice Minister Jan Kalvoda said in an article for Seznam.cz. Senate President Miloš Vystrčil, who was one of the main initiators of the reflections on Zeman’s resignation under Article 66, left everything on the medical report and released the president from his collar. “It simply came to our notice then. And that means a new space for the Russian gallery around Miloš Zeman, “said the ex-minister.

Kalvoda is no longer active in politics (he left in the 1990s when it broke out that he had invented his title of JUDr.) And he can speak fully. However, he does not think so by himself. He was the first to come up with the theory that Zeman must now listen, a few hours after the October elections, another political matador – Miroslav Kalousek. At a time when the last votes were still counting, he told Reflex that the president must now let Petr Fiala rule: “Otherwise, the new coalition must do everything possible to ensure that he is not the president.” at that time, Zeman had not even been hospitalized and was not transferred to ÚVN until the following day.)

However, similar juggling of the presidency and the powers of the head of state is nothing more than an exemplary bending of the constitution. Absolutely comparable to what Zeman’s critics used to blame. The president can be removed in only two ways – either the Constitutional Court can deprive him of the presidency for proven high treason, or a gross violation of the constitution (Constitutional Article 65). Decision-making in such a situation is not in the hands of senators and deputies. They could only decide in the case of Article 66, that is, if they decided that the President could not exercise his office for serious reasons. Even their decision could be annulled by the Constitutional Court if the president turned to it.

If lawmakers did indeed resort to Article 66, for example, after the president refused to appoint a particular minister (or even the entire government), even though they had not formally challenged Zeman’s signed convening of a new house (this is a famous hospital video) or Petr Fiala’s mandate to negotiate a new cabinet… Moreover, in a situation where Zeman is obviously better off… It would almost be said that in the ensuing dispute before the Constitutional Court, ex-minister and lawyer Jan Kalvoda would probably prefer Miloš Zeman.

In conclusion: Zeman should be as happy as anyone with a disease. And to eager politicians, journalists and activists to recommend that the imaginary whip or collar on Zeman in the form of Article 66 be buried very deep in their drawers, preferring to pretend that it was never really a real topic for them.

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