When is the Czech election 2018 and who is going to win?

Czech president Zeman wins second term

Czechs went to the polls Friday at the start of a two-day presidential run-off pitting pro-Russian populist incumbent Milos Zeman against liberal pro-European rival Jiri Drahos, in a tight race that promises to go down to the wire.

Results from 98.74 percent of voting districts showed Zeman won 51.64 percent of the vote to 48.35 percent for challenger Jiri Drahos, who conceded defeat before all ballots were counted.

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 centre-left prime minister 16 years ago to being a president with leanings toward the far-right.

While Zeman represents poorer and rural voters with lower education, Drahos appeals to wealthier, well-educated urbanites. He also seeks closer ties with China.

Running under the slogan "Decency is a strength", Drahos, a 68-year-old professor of chemical engineering who is a newcomer to politics, could not have been more different.

The presidential run-off was held on Friday and Saturday and over 65 percent of the nearly 8.5 million registered voters have cast their ballots, according to preliminary data.

He calls himself a federalist and supports membership of the European Union while also favouring holding an in-or-out referendum, like the one that led to Britain's impending exit.

60 percent. - East versus West - Drahos underscored his concerns about possible Russian meddling in the campaign, saying that "for (Russian President) Vladimir Putin's regime, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the biggest enemy and we are part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

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Voting has ended in the runoff of the Czech Republic's presidential election, and early results show the anti-migrant incumbent taking a lead.

Zeman won the first round on January 12-13, picking up 38.56 percent of the vote, from a field of nine candidates.

That power was put on display this week as voters prepared to cast ballots in the second round of the country's presidential election.

Speaking to a jubilant crowd at his Prague campaign headquarters, Zeman vowed to give political ally Babis plenty of time to cobble together a government.

Zeman is seeking re-election in a runoff election that ends Saturday. However, he also said the "energy" that his campaign generated would not disappear.

Prague voter Lubos Horcic told AFP he was backing Drahos because "he will work to reconcile society and not divide it like Comrade Zeman", adding that Drahos was "moving towards Europe and the West and not towards the East".

His sharp criticism of immigration from Muslim countries has won him favour with large numbers of Czech voters, despite only 116 asylum applications being made between January and November previous year.

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