Pro-Russian Czech president faces challenge from newcomer in runoff election

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Russia-friendly Czech President Milos Zeman won the first round of voting to retain his job on Saturday, but pro-western runner-up Jiri Drahos will be a formidable opponent in the second round vote in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.

Czech presidential candidate Jiri Drahos waves to his supporters, after polling stations closed for the country’s direct presidential election, in Prague, the Czech Republic January 13, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

The vote is seen as a referendum on the 73-year-old Zeman, in office since 2013, who has criticised immigration flows from Muslim countries and

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