Presidential inauguration of Petr Pavel to take place Thursday afternoon

Petr Pavel is set to be sworn in as Czechia’s fourth president on Thursday afternoon. The former army general and senior NATO official will deliver the presidential oath in front of around 800 guests at Prague Castle’s Vladislav Hall after 2 pm, before greeting the public from a balcony less than an hour later.

Mr. Pavel, who is 61, beat Andrej Babiš in the second round of presidential elections in January. He succeeds Miloš Zeman, whose second term as head of state concluded at midnight on Wednesday.

Author: Ian Willoughby