The Czech president appoints the new prime minister inside a glass box
Czech President Milos Zeman has decreed new Prime Minister Petr Fiala in a ceremony he conducted in isolation in a glass box after testing positive with Covid.
Fiala leads a bloc of five center-right opposition parties that won the October election, ousting incumbent President Andrei Babis and his allies.
The election took place shortly after details of Babis's overseas financial deals with the Pandora Papers surfaced. The 67-year-old populist billionaire has denied the allegations.
The new government will have to deal with a wave of coronavirus infections and an energy crisis. The coalition has also said it plans to revise the 2022 state budget to reduce a large deficit.
The new prime minister also called on people to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and praised the medical staff amid growing cases.
Zeman performed the inauguration ceremony from a glass booth after testing positive for coronavirus. Zeman, who came in a wheelchair accompanied by a doctor, became infected with the virus after a six-week hospital stay for another illness.
The outgoing government tightened measures Thursday, including banning Christmas markets.