Czech president has big lead in early results

2018-01-13 17:23
(Petr David Josek, AP)

(Petr David Josek, AP)

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Prague - Voting has ended in the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election and early results show the anti-migrant incumbent with a huge lead.

The Czech Statistics Office says President Milos Zeman had 43.8% of the vote with ballots from over 15% of polling stations counted on Saturday. Zeman, a former prime minister, was elected in 2013 during the country's first direct presidential vote.

If the 73-year-old gets a majority in the first round, he will be elected outright. If not, the top two finishers in the nine-candidate contest will face each other in a runoff in two weeks.

His strongest challenger, former Czech Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos, was running a distant second on Saturday with 24.2% of the counted ballots. Former diplomat Pavel Fischer was third with 8.8%.

Read more on:    milos zeman  |  czech republic  |  elections

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