Milos Zeman wins second term as Czech president after run-off vote

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Earlier on Saturday, Zeman had been reelected Czech president in the run-off election.

"We can expect the government to be less pro-Western than the previous government", Josef Mlejnek, a scholar of democracy and Central Europe at Prague's Charles University said.

According to data released by the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), Zeman garnered a 51.58 percent share of the vote compared to the 48.41 percent achieved by Drahos.

Drahos conceded defeat and congratulated Zeman on Saturday afternoon. Drahos is a soft-spoken chemistry professor. "Whereas Drahos has said he's not going to appoint a criminally prosecuted Prime Minister".

And he did it on the back of a tough stance against immigration and courtship of closer ties with Russian Federation and China.

Mr Zeman was one of the few European leaders to endorse Donald Trump's bid for the White House.

The 68-year-old Jiri Drahos is a chemist and former head of the prestigious Czech Academy of Sciences, who had no experience in professional politics before he made a decision to run as an independent in these elections.

The victory represents a win for anti-establishment political forces who are fighting against the EU's liberal, multi-cultural values including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland's ruling Law & Justice Party.

Mr Zeman's current presidency does not end until March, so he plans to reappoint Mr Babis next month.

And Zeman, as the first head of state to be elected by popular vote, did not see it as a ceremonial post. Mr Zeman immediately asked Babis, his ally, to try again.

The two men also sparred over policy on Russian Federation.

The Czech constitution gives presidents limited executive powers, but President Zeman has not hesitated to test the boundaries.

Mr Zeman has sparked controversy with his pro-Russian stance. He called Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula irreversible.

He said: "The moment Greece leaves the eurozone or is excluded, I will gladly support it".

Surrounded by allies during his acceptance speech, including Tomio Okamura, leader of anti-Muslim party Freedom and Direct Democracy that wants take the Czech Republic out of the European Union, the president called for allowing the public more decisions via popular votes.

Billboards across the Czech Republic sought to appeal to voters with anti-migrant messages: "Stop immigrants and Drahos".

During the debate, Drahos called Zeman "a representative of the past political era.a symbol of division".

After casting his vote, Zeman attacked Drahos for lacking the experience needed for the top job.

The false information alleged that he co-operated with the Communist-era secret police and was willing to accept an European Union plan to redistribute asylum-seekers among member countries, the institute said.

Zeman, a veteran of Czech politics and former left-wing prime minister, won his first term in 2013 during the Czech Republic's first presidential election decided by voters, not lawmakers.



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