27 Jan '18, 12am

Pro-Russian faces liberal in knife-edge Czech presidential vote

Pro-Russian faces liberal in knife-edge Czech presidential vote

Czechs went to the polls Friday at the start of a two-day presidential run-off pitting pro-Russian populist incumbent Milos Zeman against liberal pro-European rival Jiri Drahos, in a tight race that promises to go down to the wire. A pre-vote poll by the Kantar TNS and Median agencies showed the two candidates neck-and-neck, with the divisive 73-year-old ex-communist Zeman credited with 45.5 percent of the vote against 45 percent for the academic Drahos. About 10 percent of voters in the EU and NATO member state remained undecided, with polls indicating that they too are split down the middle. Bookmakers, however, give veteran politician Zeman the edge. "This is a showdown between two completely different candidates representing two parts of a rather split society," political analyst Tomas Lebeda told AFP, pointing to deep division on immigration and Czech foreign policy. ...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pro-russian-liberal-clash-czech...

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