Czechs Vote For A President

Radio Free Europe: Czechs Vote For President, With Divisive Incumbent Favored

The Czech Republic is holding a presidential election that pits incumbent President Milos Zeman, who opposes immigration and is seen as pro-Russia, against eight other candidates.

Zeman is favored to win the most votes in the January 12-13 first round.

If no candidate wins a majority in the first round, the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff on January 26-27.

Zeman, 73, has held the largely ceremonial post since 2013.

He has courted controversy by voicing antimigrant views, denigrating Muslims, and warming up to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when many in Europe fear that Moscow is meddling in Western elections and affairs.

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Update #1: Czechs pick between east-looking Zeman and pro-western challengers in presidential vote (Reuters)
Update #2: Czech elections: Here's all you need to know about the latest challenge to European unity (CNBC)

WNU Editor: This is the first round of voting .... unless a candidate gets 50% of the vote.

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