Originally published at: https://populist.press/covid-positive-czech-president-swears-in-new-pm-from-within-isolation-box/
Czech President Milos Zeman, who tested positive for the coronavirus and was just released from the hospital, swore in the country’s new prime minister from within a transparent cubicle.
Zeman, who was brought in on a wheelchair by a person wearing a protective suit, spoke Sunday from behind the panel at the Lany Chateau outside Prague to task center-right leader Petr Fiala, a former education minister, with forming the next government.
The president, who must isolate since his positive test, attended the small ceremony broadcast on television after a hospital in the capital discharged him over the weekend. He had just spent more than a month at the hospital for an unspecified illness when his office said he tested positive last week and he went back in for a few days. He was taken to a hospital in October, hours after the party of his political ally, billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, was narrowly defeated in the country’s general election by an opposition alliance.
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