Zeman wins re-election as Czech president

Miloš Zeman 'wins Czech presidential election'

Miloš Zeman 'wins Czech presidential election'

The Czech Republic is deciding whether to re-elect pro-Russian president Milos Zeman for a second term or replace him with career academic Jiri Drahos, who has pledged to strengthen the country's ties with its allies in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Running under the slogan "Decency is a strength", Drahos, a 68-year-old former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a trained chemist, could not be more different.

26 de enero de 2018, 16:35Prague, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) While the Czech Prime Minister, billionaire Andrej Babis, is trying to form a government in Parliament, a second round of the presidential elections began today. Immigration was a key issue, more than two years after the European Union first faced a major influx of refugees - nearly none of whom ever appeared in the Czech Republic.

Zeman has been a polarising force, publicly belittling opponents and sniping at intellectual elites and the media.

Zeman, 73, an ardent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an early fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, had 52 percent of votes with 96 percent of districts counted, according to partial results published by the Statistics Office on Saturday.

He also wants the European Union to lift its sanctions on Russian Federation over its 2014 takeover of Crimea from Ukraine.

His stance toward Brussels has been lukewarm.

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Zeman calls himself a euro-federalist, but he also suggested that Czech Republic should hold a Brexit-style referendum to leave the EU.

"This is my last political victory, there will be no political defeats", he told the crowd, flanked by advisers and the leaders of the far-right, anti-EU and anti-NATO SPD party and the Social Democrat party that he once led.

Zeman has benefited from rising hostility to immigration, especially to people coming from Muslim states, although the country of 10.6 million received just 116 asylum applications between January and November previous year and has only a tiny Muslim community.

During the debate, Drahos called Zeman "a representative of the past political era.a symbol of division". Zeman is brash, with a self-advertised appetite for alcohol and tobacco.

"It's not only between Prague and other big cities on one side and the rest of the country, but also a polarization of world views, between people open to the outside world and modernization, and those rooted in the past", Pehe told AFP.

Congratulating Zeman on his narrow win, Drahos told backers in Prague that "we haven't won, but we haven't lost either", pledging he would not retreat from public life.

Drahos, undeterred, hailed the "energy" generated by the elections and vowed it would "not be wasted, whatever the outcome".

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