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Politics

President-elect Zeman wastes no time in wading into party politics

Radio Prague |
29 January 2013

Within hours of becoming the first directly elected head of state of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman made it clear that he has no intention of being a docile occupant of Prague Castle. Indeed, Zeman immediately questioned the legitimacy of the coalition government – and called for early parliamentary elections. Meanwhile, elements within his former party are also bracing themselves for trouble from the president-elect.

Miloš Zeman becomes first directly elected president

Radio Prague |
28 January 2013

Miloš Zeman is set to become the first directly elected president in Czech history. Following a divisive campaign, the former Social Democrat prime minister defeated his second-round rival, Karel Schwarzenberg, by 55% to 45%. The former prime minister appeared to have missed his shot at Prague Castle when he lost a parliamentary presidential election in 2003.

Analyst discusses campaigns, turning points and outcome of presidential election

Radio Prague |
28 January 2013

Miloš Zeman was the favourite against Karel Schwarzenberg in the presidential election so his win did not come altogether as a surprise; all the same, observers expected it to be a good deal closer. Radio Prague spoke to political analyst Petr Just about the result.

Ready for round two

Prague Post |
18 January 2013

Country divided as Schwarzenberg, Zeman square off in presidential race

Václav Klaus insinuates Czechs should not vote for 'foreign' Schwarzenberg

Radio Prague |
18 January 2013

Without actually naming any names, the outgoing president, Václav Klaus, appears to have endorsed Miloš Zeman ahead of the second round of the election to succeed him at Prague Castle.

Two top parties consider steps after first round of presidential election

Radio Prague |
16 January 2013

The two biggest parties in Parliament, the ruling Civic Democrats and the opposition Social Democrats, are looking for a path forward after the first round of the country’s direct presidential elections.

Austerity colours presidential poll

Financial Times |
15 January 2013

The final round of the Czech Republic's presidential election will be a contest between Miloš Zeman, a former leftwing prime minister, and Karel Schwarzenberg, the aristocratic conservative foreign minister, in a campaign that is likely to focus on the government's unpopular austerity policies.

Political heavyweights Zeman and Schwarzenberg set for presidency face-off

Radio Prague |
15 January 2013

The first round of the presidential election was considerably more exciting than many had predicted. The campaign ahead of the election's second round has already begun. In his remarks after the vote on Saturday, Karel Schwarzenberg called his rival a man of the past, referring to Miloš Zeman's role in a controversial power-sharing deal with Václav Klaus in the late 1990s.

Miloš Zeman, Karel Schwarzenberg heading to presidential runoff

Radio Prague |
14 January 2013

Miloš Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg have emerged as the strongest candidates from the first round of the Czech presidential election, and are heading to a runoff for the top post held in two weeks' time. Miloš Zeman picked up over 24% of the vote while Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg came in close second.

Tattooed man gains ground in Czech presidential race

Telegraph.co.uk |
10 January 2013

Despite being tattooed on over 90% of his body, Vladimír Franz, is running a surprising third place in polls ahead of this week's Czech Republic presidential elections.

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