The Czech president is preparing to appoint a prime minister, the government

PRAGUE (AP) – The Czech president is due to swear in the country’s new prime minister on 26 November.

Candidate Petr Fiala announced President Milos Zeman’s decision during a visit to the head of state at the hospital on Wednesday.

The Fiala will lead the alliance that received the most votes in last month’s election.

In the Czech Republic, the president usually elects an election winner to form a new government. If the candidate succeeds in assembling the government, Zeman will swear him as prime minister and appoint his government.

Two coalition-electoral alliances have signed a power-sharing deal with Fiala, who told the president his 18-member cabinet is ready to rule.

The three-party, Liberal-Conservative coalition known as the Together, which is made up of the Civic Democratic Party, the Christian Democrats and the TOP 09, led the election with 27.8 per cent of the vote.

Together, the Alliance joined a coalition of center-left liberals consisting of the Pirate Party and STAN, a group of mayors and independent candidates, with third place with 15.6 percent of the vote.

The new partnership will have 108 seats in the 200-seat lower house of parliament, ousting populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his central UN movement (YES) in opposition.

Babis narrowly lost the election by 27.1 percent.

The five parties in the future governing coalition are closer to the European Union than the Eurosceptic Babis.

Fiala, 57, who leads the Conservative Civic Democratic Party, is a professor of political science. He previously served as Minister of Education in 2012-13.

Zeman’s condition has improved enough for him to be released soon from the military hospital in the Czech capital, the president’s office said Wednesday. He was hospitalized on October 10 and underwent intensive care. Authorities have not reported his health.


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