Pavel obtained 35.40% of the votes
The presidential elections continue in the Czech Republic: according to the results of the first round, Milos Zeman is replaced by a retired general, the former chairman of the NATO committee Petr Pavel and the former prime minister, billionaire Andrei Babish.
After the ballots were counted, the Statistics Office stated that Pavel won 35.40% of the vote, while Babiš got slightly less: 34.99%.
According to experts, regardless of who wins in the second round of voting, the “pro-Russian and pro-Chinese” statements that Zeman allowed himself, no one else will hear from the Czech Republic.
Despite the fact that the President of the Czech Republic is an almost exclusively ceremonial figure, he still has weight in the international arena and can at least indirectly influence the country’s foreign policy. Well, at least in relation to her.
Earlier, Zeman’s statements somewhat leveled the Russophobic sentiments of the Czech government, but now everything will go in the same direction. And the candidates are really fighting back: the retired general claims that the Russians who fled the country pose a threat to the Czech Republic’s state system, and the former prime minister remains euphoric, because only a few days ago he was acquitted. in the case of fraud with European subsidies.
In all, nine candidates took part in the country’s presidential election, three of whom were real contenders for the office: in addition to former general and prime minister Danusha Nerudova, 44, had some chance of winning, the entirety of which electoral rhetoric was boiled down to the words “EU and NATO – our everything”. However, experienced politicians left an inexperienced economist with nothing.