Czech Republic to hold presidential election in January

Czech Senate President Milan Stech said on Wednesday that some 20 candidates, including incumbent President Milos Zeman will run for the presidential election to take place on January 12-13.

If no candidate wins an absolute majority, the voting will go to a second round on January 26-27.

Among the 20 candidates are former Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos and businessman Michal Horacek, who, with Zeman, currently top the opinion polls. Drahos, a 68-year-old chemist by training, is seen as the only candidate who could beat Zeman. A survey by the Median Institute in June suggested he could win 53.5 percent of a possible second round vote. Before the presidential election, Czechs will hold a general election on October 20-21.

Source: VOV5