WORLD Retired general Pavel wins Czech presidential election


Retired general Pavel wins Czech presidential election


22:16, January 28, 2023

Presidential candidate Petr Pavel, former Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, arrives at his election headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, on January 28, 2023, during the second round of the presidential election. (Photo: AFP)

PRAGUE, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Retired general Petr Pavel won the second round of the Czech presidential election held on Friday and Saturday, according to official results published on Saturday.

With ballots from over 93 percent of precincts counted, Pavel had 57.44 percent of vote, and former prime minister Andrej Babis, 42.55 percent.

Pavel, 61, served as head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee. He was endorsed by the current ruling government coalition.

Babis, 68, the head of the Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) party, served as prime minister from 2017 to 2021.

In the first round on Jan. 13-14, which included eight candidates, Pavel received 35.4 percent of the vote to Babis's 34.99 percent.

The president of the Czech Republic is chosen in a direct election and serves a term of five years. The mandate can be held for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Incumbent President Milos Zeman's second and final term ends in early March.

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