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Ex-general wins Czech president election

Petr Pavel, a retired Czech army chief, has held an unbeatable lead over former prime minister Andrej Babis after most voting districts were counted.

January 29, 2023
29 January 2023

Retired army general Petr Pavel has defeated populist billionaire Andrej Babis in a run-off vote to become the new Czech president.

Pavel, 61, will succeed controversy-courting Milos Zeman in the largely ceremonial but prestigious post.

With the ballots from 93 per cent of almost 15,000 polling stations counted by the Czech Statistics Office, Pavel had 57.4 per cent of the vote compared with 42.6 per cent for Babis.

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