Monday, January 28, 2013

Pro-Europe leftist Milos Zeman wins Czech presidency, trumps aristocrat

PRAGUE--Czechs chose Europe-friendly leftist and ex-Premier Milos Zeman as their new president Saturday for the first time by direct popular vote, as he trounced his conservative aristocrat rival with an anti-austerity campaign.

At 68 the burly, silver-haired Zeman scored 54.8-percent in the second-round vote against 45.19 percent for Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, final results showed.