Czech President to take oath for new government on Friday

FILE – Center-right coalition leader Spolu (Ensemble) Petr Fiala attends the final debates on public radio ahead of the opening of polling stations for the parliamentary elections in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday, October 8, 2021. On Sunday, November 28, 2021 The President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman was sworn in to Petr Fiala, the country’s new Prime Minister after the parliamentary elections last month. Milos Zeman and Fiala, the leader of the coalition who garnered the most votes in the October 8-9 vote, were separated by a transparent wall during the ceremony at the presidential castles in Lany, west of Prague, after the president tested positive for coronavirus and must isolate.Petr David Josek / AP

PRAGUE (AP) – The President of the Czech Republic is due to be sworn in to the country’s new government on Friday.

Prime Minister-designate Petr Fiala announced President Milos Zeman’s decision to appoint his 18-member cabinet after visiting the head of state at presidential castles in Lany, west of Prague, on Monday.

Two coalitions that garnered a majority of support in the October 8-9 vote signed a power-sharing agreement to rule together led by Fiala as prime minister, and he was sworn in on November 28.

A liberal-conservative tripartite coalition known as the Ensemble, made up of the Civic Democratic Party, the Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party, led the election with 27.8% of the vote. Together, they teamed up with a center-left liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN – a group of mayors and independent candidates – which came in third place with 15.6% of the vote.

The new partnership holds 108 seats in the 200-seat lower house of parliament, relegating populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his centrist movement ANO (YES) to the opposition. Babis narrowly lost the election with 27.1%.

The five parties of the future ruling coalition are closer to the European Union than the Eurosceptics Babis.

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