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Czech Republic re-elects far-right president Miloš Zeman

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Czech Republic re-elects far-right president Miloš Zeman

Anti-immigrant and pro-Putin leader takes decisive victory over liberal opponent Jiří Drahoš.


Miloš Zeman, the Czech Republic’s populist president, has been narrowly re-elected in a tense contest against a liberal challenger, marking a victory for anti-immigrant, far-right forces in the country and potentially tilting its politics in an anti-western direction.

With more than 99.5% of ballots counted in a second-round presidential runoff, Zeman had a decisive lead over Jiří Drahoš, a trained chemist and former head of the Czech academy of sciences, by a thin but decisive margin of 51.5% to 48.5%.

Zeman, who is a vocal supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and who has promoted ties with China, has called for referendums on the Czech Republic’s membership of the EU and Nato. Drahoš campaigned to strengthen the country’s ties to both organisations.

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/27/czech-republic-far-right-president-reelected

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