Petr Pavel sworn in as new Czech president

Photo: René Volfík,

Retired general Petr Pavel was officially sworn into office as president of the Czech Republic on Thursday. The ceremony, which took place at Prague Castle, is part of a wider programme of inaugural events that will also see the new head of state pray in the Cathedral of Saint Vitus and greet members of the assembled public.

Symbolically closed during the half-day interlude between the end of Miloš Zeman’s term in office on Wednesday night and the inauguration of Czechia’s new head of state, the Giants’ Gate of Prague Castle ceremoniously opened just before noon on Thursday as Petr Pavel and his wife were driven in from Hradčany Square.

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Author: Thomas McEnchroe