Petr Fiala was appointed prime minister of the Czech Republic by President Milos Zeman on Sunday, in an unusual ceremony in which the president, in a wheelchair and with COVID-19, was protected by a plastic barrier.
“I am convinced that we will soon have a strong and stable government,” said Petr Fiala, leader of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS).
The ceremony took place at Zeman’s residence at Lany Castle (west of Prague) and was broadcast live on television.
Fiala, a former political scientist, will be faced with the task of dealing with one of the highest rates of covid infection in the world, including a case of the new omicron variant.
The new prime minister joined his ODS party with two smaller parties to form the Juntos alliance, which came in first place in last month’s general elections.