Czech Republic: Zeman regains presidency

Czech Republic: Zeman regains presidency

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The second election round confirmed the outgoing president with 51.55% of votes, compared to 48.44% in favour of challenger Drahos, as 99.32% of votes were processed

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The outgoing president of the Czech Republic, Russophile Milos Zerman, was re-elected at the end of the second round of Presidential elections. Zeman scored a narrow victory, with 51.55% of the votes compared to 48.44% for his challenger Drahos, as 99.32% of votes were processed. The results highlight the polarization of the Czech society, split in the middle between the rural population, which is populist, and the city dwellers, more prone to greater integration and liberal politics. A split that is also evident in other countries, including the USA. According to local analysts, 73-year old Zeman represented voters from the poorer and less advanced areas, with lower education levels, while the 68-year old intellectual and political newbie Drahos addressed the better off and more educated metropolitan citizens. Zeman’s victory comes at a delicate time for the country, whose Prime Minister, the populist millionaire Andrej Babis, elected in November, has been accused of a 2 million euro fraud against the EU and thus prevented from forming a government, despite being in power since last December.