Czech Republic elects Petr Pavel as its new president | News

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The retired general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Petr Pavel will be the new president of the Czech Republic after prevailing this Saturday in the ballot of the elections to the billionaire former prime minister Andrej Babis.


Presidency of the Czech Republic will be defined in the second round

Pavel, a former paratrooper, obtained 57.4% of the votes, confirming the trend in the polls, and Babis 42.6%, after the recount of 93% of the votes, indicated the Statistics Office of the Czech Republic.

In the presidential runoff, the former chairman of the NATO Military Committee won with the backing of the ruling liberal coalition.

Czech citizens went to the polls this Saturday, on the second and last day, to elect the new president of the European country between former general Petr Pavel and former populist prime minister Andrej Babis.

The Czechs already began to vote this Friday, with a high participation estimated at up to 50%, in a peculiar system that distributes the electoral process on Friday and Saturday.

The Czech polling stations have opened this Saturday at 08:00 (07:00 GMT) on the second day of the presidential elections from which the replacement for the current head of state, the Social Democrat, will emerge.

Milos Zeman, whose second and final five-year term expires in March.

Of the total population of the Czech Republic of 10.5 million people, around 8.25 million are eligible to vote. Voter turnout in the first round of the elections was around 70 percent.

The polls closed at 2:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. GMT) on the second day of voting. Local media reported high voter turnout in the final hours of the election.

Pavel came out on top in the first round of the presidential election earlier this month, but with just 35.4% of the vote to Babis's 35%, sending them both into the runoff.

But as the second round vote neared, Pavel was leading in the latest opinion polls with 58% to 59% support, compared to 41% to 42% for Babis.

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