Czech president in hospital after arm injury

Czech President Milos Zeman was hospitalised on Tuesday after an arm injury and he will undergo surgery, the president's spokesman said. The 75-years-old leader suffers from a nerve condition in his feet and walks with a cane.

"The president was hospitalised tonight due to an injury at the Military University Hospital in Prague," spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said on Twitter. Czech media reported that the president broke his right arm in a fall after he refused to use his cane. A heavy smoker known for his love of alcohol, Zeman has said repeatedly that apart from the problem with his feet, he is in good health.

The former prime minister started his second five-year term as the head of state in March 2018. In The Czech Republic the post of president is largely ceremonial, with the government being the main executive body.

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