LATEST: President Zeman Taken to the Hospital With a Mobile ICU

Czech president Miloš Zeman has been taken to hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Zeman was taken by ambulance from the castle in Lány to the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN) in Střešovice on Sunday shortly after noon.

The first lady Ivana Zemanová and daughter Kateřina arrived at the hospital immediately.

The 77-year-old recently cancelled a live television interview scheduled for 10 October over health issues.

Just before that, he met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Hospitalization was confirmed by ÚVN spokeswoman Jitka Zinke. The hospital’s director would give a media briefing at 2 p.m.

The president plays an important constitutional role during this post-election period, as it is he who names a prime minister to form a government.

It is not clear what medical condition the president is currently in and whether there have been any serious complications.

“On the basis of a recommendation from his attending physician professor Miroslav Zavoral, Milos Zeman agreed to be hospitalised at the Central Military Hospital in Prague,” Zeman’s spokesman Ovcacek said on Twitter.

Zeman spent eight days at Prague’s Central Military Hospital last month after suffering from what his office described as dehydration and exhaustion.

Zeman is a heavy smoker who has suffered from diabetes and neuropathy linked to it. He has trouble walking and has been using a wheelchair.

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