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Milos Zeman wins second term as Czech president after run-off vote

The 73-year-old received 51.8% of the vote, official statistics show.

Czech president Milos Zeman has been elected to a second five-year term after winning a run-off vote.

Near-complete results from the Czech Statistics Office showed Mr Zeman receiving 51.8% of the votes cast in the two-day second round election. His opponent, former Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos, polled 48.2%.

Mr Zeman is the country’s third president, after Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus, since Czechoslovakia was split in 1993.

The 73-year-old former prime minister was elected in 2013 during the Czech Republic’s first presidential election decided by voters, not legislators.

Since then, he has divided the nation with his pro-Russian stance and support for closer ties with China.

Mr Drahos, a 68-year-old political newcomer, was viewed as more Western-oriented.

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