The conservative Petr Fiala, winner of the last legislative elections at the head of SPOLU (Together), a coalition of five parties, He was appointed this Sunday in Prague as the new Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
Due to his infection with covid-19, Czech President Milos Zeman had to preside over the ceremony isolated in a Plexiglas booth.
According to the live broadcast of the event by CT24, two health workers in protective uniforms transferred Zeman in a wheelchair and Fiala took his oath before him and signed the act, which had previously been disinfected.
“The president must contribute to a government with speed. Tomorrow I begin the round of conversations with the candidates for minister, following alphabetical order “Zeman said in his address.
The president predicted that this series of interviews will end on December 13 and “from then on it will be possible to prepare the government as a whole.”
Fiala, who until his team is constituted, will cohabit with the acting prime minister, the controversial populist magnate Andrej Babis, recalled today that it will form a “strong and stable” Executive, which has 108 of the 200 seats in Parliament.
Something that some commentators question, who predict “rugged” moments for this coalition of five forces, with representatives ranging from conservatives to liberals, with the presence of the Pirate Party.
“I will make it a government of change for the future, solving pressing problems and changes to ensure a better future for citizens and their descendants”, said Fiala, a former rector of the University of Brno.
After thanking the health workers for their dedication during the current pandemic, Fiala in his first intervention before the press after swearing in office urged citizens to take greater responsibility and to be vaccinated.
“Freedom is linked to responsibility, and I want to thank above all those citizens who allowed themselves to be vaccinated, and those who do not want to, who consider it and do it. This is necessary for the protection of their health and the health of others, ”said the new head of government.
The Central European country faces the fourth wave of the pandemic, with the highest incidence of infections in the world, with 1,231 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in one week and a low rate of complete vaccination that does not reach 60%.
Among other challenges in this “difficult period”, Fiala cited “the poor economic management of the State, a bad budget (from 2022), high energy prices and inflation.”
Stability of public finances, fighting the pandemic, reforming the pension system, a school system at the height of the 21st century and improving road infrastructure are issues that Fiala referred to today after being appointed prime minister.
(with information from EFE)
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