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Surprise in Czech Republic: Schwarzenberg Just Slightly Behind Zeman

Published: January 14, 2013; 10:59 · Updated: January 14; 11:22 · (Vindobona)

The first presidential election round in the Czech Republic brought a surprise. Zeman ranks first with 24%. Schwarzenberg came in second place with 23%.

Surprise in Czech Republic: Schwarzenberg Just Slightly Behind Zeman / Picture: © Flickr / SPÖ Presse und Kommunikation

After two terms and ten years in office, President´Vaclav Klaus´ term of office ends at the end of March. For the first time in the Czech Republic´s history, the President was elected directly by the people. In total, nine candidates stood for election.

As expected, the first election round did not bring a clear winner. However, Schwarzenberg´s success came as a surprise. The…

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