Czech President Zeman re-elected with anti-immigration message

Czech President Zeman re-elected with anti-immigration messageBy Robert Muller and Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech President Milos Zeman won a second term in a presidential election on Saturday, gaining the backing of voters for his tough stance against immigration and his courtship of Russia and China. In the run-off against strongly pro-European Union academic Jiri Drahos, Zeman scored 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent for his challenger. Zeman, 73, is the last prominent figure among active politicians from the country’s post-communist transitional period in the 1990s, and has shifted from being a center-left prime minister 16 years ago to being a president with leanings toward the far-right.GRAPHIC: The vote showed Czech voters’ concerns over security despite a period of fast economic growth and rising wages.

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