Zeman thus unexpectedly beat conservative challenger and incumbent auben minister karel schwarzenberg (75) by a clear margin. The nobleman scored only 45.19 percent, as the statistical office in prague announced on saturday.
The previous incumbent and fierce EU critic vaclav klaus was not allowed to compete again after ten years on prague’s hradcany hill. In contrast to klaus, zeman calls himself a "euro federalist. Communists and social democrats had campaigned for the left-wing populist.