There was a significant shift in the post-election situation. Twenty-five days, Zeman left the Department of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care. His further treatment will take place in the acute rehabilitation care department. According to the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN), the president’s state of health when admitted to the hospital undoubtedly required intensive care, but comprehensive nutritional support (artificial nutrition) led to an improvement in his clinical condition.
Fiala Prime Minister
The castle office then announced that the president had instructed her to prepare a decision to resign the government and establish a new cabinet. Zeman will take part in the post-election negotiations, which he personally confirmed in a subsequent telephone interview for Frekvencia 1.
All this took place a few days before the beginning of the inaugural meeting of the Chamber of Deputies, after which the government must resign. Both chambers of parliament could hypothetically decide on the activation of Article 66 of the transfer of powers of the president to other constitutional officials for a period of time when his state of health would not allow it. Such a prognosis was signaled by the ÚVN report for the Senate, which is falling at the moment.
The main news is that Zeman intends to appoint Petr Fiala as prime minister, because Babiš is said to be not interested. “The reason is quite simple, no one wants to deal with it,” he said.
Given the outcome of the election, it would not be strange if we did not live for a long time in the Babiš – Zeman power union. The president agreed with the head of ANO in disputes with former Prime Minister Sobotka. The influence of the tandem was strengthened at a time when the minority government of the YES, CSSD and Castle ministers was supported by the Communists with Zeman’s patronage.
Did he promise two attempts?
The question of whether the president offered Babiš two attempts to form a government the day after the election remains unanswered. The Prime Minister recalled this promise a week after his visit to Lány. Zeman allegedly promised him that he would keep the word given before the election, and appointed the leader of the winning party as prime minister, as both coalitions were jointly considered a fraud.
In this way, Babiš only exacerbated the consideration of whether there was a threat of a constitutional crisis. Unless, of course, he lied by default. If the president does not defend himself, doubts remain that he did not intend to respect the parliamentary distribution of power, as in the summer of 2013.
There will probably be more reasons why Zeman disconnects from Babiš. He stood up for Chancellor Mynár, who is the only one (besides his wife and daughter) allowed to access him. He respects him for documenting the act of signing the convening of the constituent meeting of the Chamber of Deputies, and continues to show him 100% confidence.
The president benevolently overlooked the fact that it was not because of the scandalous communication of the castle office that it was not clear for a long time whether he could work. Urgent transport to the hospital in a difficult condition and almost a month’s stay in the intensive care unit ruled out Mynář’s lies and downplay, originally spread by Babiš, that it was not a serious illness. This was confirmed by the ÚVN report for the Senate.
After all, Mynář still speculates today that the president has worked in the intensive care unit throughout his stay and is in excellent condition. Excessive optimism is being tame by the newly formed Medical Council. According to him, the president’s condition still requires hospitalization care, which now does not allow him to devote himself fully to work duties.
“It is still very difficult to make a forecast of further health developments. The nature and manifestations of the underlying disease are certainly very serious. The refinement of the prognosis will depend on the development of the disease, which is itself difficult to treat. The active cooperation of the patient is essential, “said Tomáš Zima, a member of the council and former rector of Charles University.
For Zeman, this means a lasting strict lifestyle, otherwise his condition may deteriorate. His “return” is still conditional. Another member of the council, Pavel Pafko, a former doctor of Václav Havel, confirmed chronic liver disease and the continued introduction of a nutritional probe. This proved some media speculation about the president’s state of health.
For these reasons, the attacks of Zeman’s supporters on the Senate are pointless. Due to the absence of information and the unreliable actions of the castle office, he could not have done otherwise by preparing Article 66 if he was to avoid a constitutional vacuum that could arise in the event of ambiguities in the exercise of presidential powers.
Today, the President broke the media silence since August 22, when he gave an interview to the Blesk.cz website. He told the Prime Minister that he had not kept his alleged promise to stop wiretapping by Vratislav Mynář and key adviser Martin Nejedlý, and the replacement of BIS director Michal Koudelka. Although Babiš denied the promise, an angry Zeman insisted.
This dispute deepened after the election, although Babiš’s defeat contributed significantly to it. The head of ANO apparently changed his mind when he attacked the activities of the castle chancellor and described them as the main problem of what was happening around Zeman’s health condition.
In an interview with iDNES.cz (October 19), Babiš called on the Chancellor to resign. “What Mynar has shown is absolutely inexcusable.” If he were entrusted with presidential powers by activating Article 66, he would “of course” revoke him.
Zeman does not forget
The media division of Agrofert Mladá fronta DNES and Lidové noviny then launched a sharp attack on the duo Nejedlý – Mynář in the direction of “Babiš cleans the Castle”. Zeman has very limited room for maneuver in the new constellation, but he will certainly not forget that the head of ANO sank his team.
Today, Babiš irones out the statements that the “good old president” is returning. But he has nothing more to offer Zeman. He is only concerned with maintaining a common electorate and possible support for the Castle in the presidential election. However, this is after the last shootings in the fog.
Mutual ties had crumbled before. They were hit by the escalation of Czech-Russian diplomatic relations after the Vrbětice case, and the subsequent elimination of Rosatom from the tender for nuclear units in Dukovany. Nevertheless, Zeman supported the YES movement and, according to him, the liquidation of Koudelka was to be a compromise. It is now falling under the table, as is a possible revision of the conditions of the nuclear tender in the case of another majority constellation, such as YES, SPD and KSČM.
Voters decided otherwise. The end of the power pact is one of the key signals of the parliamentary elections. In addition, from his point of view, Zeman has good reason to believe that Babiš tripped him up again, just like twenty years ago after the collapse of the first privatization of Unipetrol. In this, history repeats itself.
Source: Reflex.cz by www.reflex.cz.
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