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Pro-Russian Incumbent Wins First Round In Czech Presidential Election

Czech President Milos Zeman speaks in Prague after polling stations sealed for a Czech Republic’s presidential choosing Saturday. He finished initial yet will have to face a challenger in a runoff.

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Czech President Milos Zeman speaks in Prague after polling stations sealed for a Czech Republic’s presidential choosing Saturday. He finished initial yet will have to face a challenger in a runoff.

Matej Stransky/Pool/Reuters

Czech President Milos Zeman has won a initial turn of voting in a Czech Republic’s presidential choosing Saturday, yet will have to face second-place finisher Jiri Drahos in a runoff choosing after this month after unwell to win a infancy of votes.

Zeman, 73, who has been boss of a executive European nation given 2013, emerged with 38.6 percent of a vote. He has stoked debate in tools of Europe with support for Russia’s Vladimir Putin and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Zeman was also an early believer of Donald Trump in a U.S. presidential election.

Zeman’s challenger for a second round, chemistry highbrow Jiri Drahos, finished second with 26.6 percent with all votes counted, according to a Czech Statistical Office. Former diplomat Pavel Fischer came in third with 10.2 percent, while a 6 remaining possibilities all finished with reduction than 10 percent each.

The Czech presidency is a mostly rite post, yet a boss has a energy to designate a country’s primary apportion after ubiquitous elections and has an successful voice in politics.

Zeman has called for an finish to European Union sanctions opposite Russia and has due holding a Czech referendum on withdrawal a EU (though he pronounced he would opinion to remain). “While Zeman calls himself a ‘eurofederalist,’ he’s neglected a EU for a integrity to accept and confederate Muslim refugees, who, he said, will eventually levy Sharia Law, clout off thieves’ hands and mill unfaithful women,” Bloomberg Politics writes. According to The Economist, in October, Zeman hold a feign AK-47 stamped with a difference “For journalists.”

In further to support for Russia, Zeman wants to urge Czech family with China.

“Zeman has won subsidy from poorer and farming electorate in a nation of 10.6 million by hostile what he calls civic elites isolated from a lives of typical people,” Bloomberg writes.

The 68-year-old Drahos is a former conduct of a Czech Academy of Sciences and is seen as pro-European. He supports stability Czech membership in NATO and a EU. Four other presidential possibilities have permitted Drahos in a runoff choosing scheduled for Jan. 26 and 27, according to The Guardian.