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Milos Zeman Elected New President of the Czech Republic

At the end of January 2013, for the first time in Czech history, the President of the Republic was elected in a universal suffrage. The first ever directly elected President Milos Zeman took office on 8th March 2013, replacing Vaclav Klaus as the Head of State.

In the first round of the election taking place on 11th and 12th January 2013, nine candidates (public figures as well as private citizens, with backgrounds ranging from arts to politics), presented their candidacies. Subsequently, the two top candidates, former Prime Minister Milos Zeman and current Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg competed in the second round on 25th and 26th January 2013. The election resulted in Milos Zeman winning the majority of almost 55 percent of votes.