Czech President Milos Zeman was taken to hospital in the capital, Prague, on Sunday; after holding a meeting with the country’s prime minister, Andrej Babis, on the formation of a new government.
The emergency vehicle that transported the president had markings on it that indicated it was a mobile ICU, eyewitnesses noted.
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In September, Zeman spent eight days in hospital; recovering from what he described as dehydration and mild exhaustion.
The 77-year-old, who has been the head of state since 2013; started using a wheelchair earlier this year due to neuropathy in his legs.
Sources cited by local media insisted Zeman’s hospitalization had been planned.
Earlier this week, the president had canceled a TV interview scheduled for Sunday for health reasons.
A legislative election took place in the Czech Republic this week; with Babis’ ruling ANO party losing to the opposition by a narrow margin.
The Together opposition coalition and their allies have claimed 108 parliamentary seats out of 200.
Zeman earlier said he would give the PM an opportunity to form a new government if he won a majority.
However, if the opposition parties stick to their promise not to work with Babis; one of the country’s richest men, he would be forced to leave the position he has occupied since 2017.