published: 01.02.2013, 13:51 | updated: 01.02.2013 13:56:40
Prague - Czech President-Elect Milos Zeman, 68, has started working in his office in Prague centre and he met Presidential Office head Jiri Weigl and Prague Castle Administration director Ivo Velisek today within the preparation for his assuming the presidential post.
"I have meetings with members of the Presidential Office and several other visits," Zeman told reporters.
He is to discuss details of his March inauguration and his moving to the Prague Castle.
Zeman was accompanied by his secretary Jaroslav Hlinovsky.
Hlinovsky is a former employee of former Communist official and Zeman's friend Miroslav Slouf.
Current President Vaclav Klaus´s term in office expires on March 7. Zeman will be sworn in as his successor on March 8.
Zeman said he would meet the Presidential Office employees to find out whether they would like to keep working there after the departure of Klaus.
Weigl said previously he would leave with Klaus. He is to work in the management of Klaus's nascent institute.
On the contrary, Zeman noted that he would not like Klaus´s secretary Ladislav Jakl and Presidential Office deputy head Petr Hajek to stay in the Presidential Office. Both are ill-famed with their controversial statements.
Zeman also said he had already chosen his future aides. One of them is Hlinovsky and another confirmed team member is Zeman's driver.
Daily Lidove noviny (LN) reported today that former public Czech Television (CT) general rector Jiri Balvin might become a new head of the Presidential Office. Balvin helped Zeman as a media adviser during the election campaign.
Zeman said earlier he would rely on people from his election team.
Vratislav Mynar, head of extra-parliamentary Party of Citizens' Rights of Milos Zeman (SPOZ), whose honorary chairman Zaman is, arrived in the seat of Zeman´s office today. It has not been decided yet whether Mynar will also work at Prague Castle.
"The final decision is up to Zeman," Mynar said.
Former socialist prime minister Zeman won the January 25-26 presidential runoff with 54.8 percent of the vote, having defeated Foreign Minister and government TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg, 75.
After the election, Zeman had a three-day rest in the country and he returned to Prague on Thursday.
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