Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Round One Election Results

Well the first direct elections for the Czech presidency have come and gone.  Since no one won with more than 50% of the vote, there will be a run-off election on January 25th and 26th for the top two finishers.

In the first round, former Prime Minister Miloš Zeman won 24.21% and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg won 23.4%.

Former Prime Minister Jan Fischer led the polls back in November but finished in third place, and out of the second round, with only 16.35% of the vote.  "Avatar" came in fifth place.

There were 8,435,522 registered voters and voter turn out was 61.31%.

The Czech President serves a five-year term and represents the country internationally and appoints candidates to the constitutional court and to the central bank.  However, there is not much day-to-day power.  That belongs to the prime minister.

Schwarzenburg is a 75-year old titled prince.  As a native German speaker his Czech is sometimes a bit rustic and he can't properly pronounce Ř.  However, he is very popular with young, urban voters.  I've already noticed these flyers out on Facebook to go vote for Karel in the next round.

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