Czech President Milos Zeman undergoes surgery after breaking arm


Czech President Milos Zeman has successfully undergone surgery early after breaking an arm in a fall, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.


“President Milos Zeman is resting after the operation,” spokesperson Jiri Ovcacek told Radio Z on Wednesday.

The operation at a Prague military hospital was reportedly successful.

The 75-year-old broke his right arm while going on a walk, Ovcacek told the CTK agency on Tuesday evening.

The injury was not life-threatening. Zeman is in contact with his family and his staff.

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He will have to scale back his work schedule during the subsequent recovery period.

Zeman has been president since March 2013.

At the beginning of 2018, he was directly elected for a second five-year term, with 51.4 per cent of the vote.

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The former Social Democrat had previously been Czech prime minister, from 1998 to 2002.

During Europe’s refugee crisis, Zeman made a name for himself as an immigration opponent and critic of Islam.

He is considered friendly towards Russia and China.

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