Czech pres­i­dent will face runoff

The Citizens' Voice - - Nation & World -

Czech Pres­i­dent Mi­los Ze­man failed to win re-elec­tion dur­ing the first round of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion Satur­day and will face a runoff in two weeks against the former head of the coun­try’s Academy of Sciences.

Ze­man and Jiri Dra­hos ad­vanced to a sec­ond round of vot­ing be­cause none of the nine can­di­dates seek­ing the Czech Repub­lic’s largely cer­e­mo­nial pres­i­dency re­ceived a ma­jor­ity of votes in the first round held Fri­day and Satur­day.

With al­most all bal­lots counted by the Czech Sta­tis­tics Of­fice, Ze­man had 38.6 per­cent of the vote, a com­mand­ing lead over Dra­hos’ 26.6 per­cent.

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