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Czech president appoints prime minister in ceremony from behind a glass room

Czech President Milos Zeman appointed center-right coalition leader Petr Fiala as prime minister on Sunday, in a ceremony he attended from a glass room after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Zeman, who was in a wheelchair accompanied by a paramedic in full protective gear, contracted the virus after six weeks of treatment in a hospital for another illness.

Fiala leads a coalition of five center-right opposition parties that won elections in October and ousted outgoing prime minister Andrei Babis and his allies.Czech president appoints prime minister in ceremony from behind a glass roomReuters

The new government will have to deal with a new wave of coronavirus infections and an energy crisis.

The coalition also said that it plans to reformulate the state budget for 2022 to reduce the large deficit contained in it.

Source: Reuters

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