The Czech president has appointed Peter Fiala-Sviat as the country’s prime minister

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Peter Fiala

Czech President Milos Zeman has appointed Peter Fiala, leader of the center-right Zaedno coalition, as prime minister. Fiala’s government is expected to consist of 18 people, including himself. His appointment was delayed by more than a month due to Zeman’s illness.

The “Together” group includes the centrist Christian Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party, the center-right TOP 09 (“Tradition, Responsibility, Prosperity”) party, and the right-wing Civic Democratic Party (UDF), chaired by Fiala since 2014. He entered politics in 2011 as a scientific adviser to the then prime minister, and a year later to the education minister. He was elected to the parliamentary elections in October 2013, before joining the UDF a month later and becoming its chairman in January 2014. Fiala replaced former Prime Minister Peter Necas, whose government was ousted in 2013. amid a scandal with the prime minister ‘s mistress.

The Together coalition and the Pirates Party and the Mayors and Independents party won 108 of the 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech parliament, securing a comfortable majority.

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