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La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, p. 35

Prague The President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, yesterday asked Petr Fiala, leader of the coalition triumphant in last month’s parliamentary elections, to form a new government.

Zeman, who is hospitalized, said in a statement that he contacted Fiala, the coalition’s standard bearer for the prime minister’s post, to lead the negotiations with representatives of the parties elected in the lower house of Parliament in the elections of the 8th and 9th. October with the aim of forming a government.

In the Czech Republic, the president usually selects the winner of the election for the formation of a government. If the candidate succeeds in doing so, Zeman is sworn in as prime minister.

Zeman made the announcement a day after the two coalitions with the largest electoral presence agreed to share command.

The liberal-conservative coalition known as Juntos and made up of three parties (the Civil Democratic, Christian Democrats and the TOP 09 party) led the election with 27.8 percent of the vote.

Together he joined the center-left liberal coalition made up of the Pirate Party and STAN – a group of mayors and independent candidates – which obtained third place with 15.6 percent.

The new society will hold 108 of the 200 seats in the lower house, relegating populist premier Andrej Babis and his centrist movement Alliance of Disgruntled Citizens to the opposition. Babis was implicated in the Pandora Papers.