Czech Republic to hold presidential vote in January

About 20 candidates including the incumbent President Milos Zeman have already thrown their hats into the ring ahead of the vote which speaker Milan Stech said would take place on January 12-13.

Czech Republic to hold presidential vote in January

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Czech Republic will go to the polls in January in only the second presidential election in the country's modern history decided by popular vote, the Senate speaker said Wednesday.

If no candidate wins an absolute majority, the vote will go to a second round on January 26-27, Stech said on public television.

Zeman, who is known for his staunch anti-Muslim, pro-Russian and pro-Chinese views, announced earlier this year that he would run for a second five-year term.

The 72-year-old former communist and Donald Trump supporter is supported mostly in rural parts of the country and is disliked by the pro-EU intellectual circles of Prague and other large cities.

Critics have expressed concern that his health is not ideal for a president. Zeman is a heavy smoker, a fan of hard liquor and suffers from impaired hearing and diabetic neuropathy, which forces him to walk with a cane. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2017, 14:20