A host of pro-Western candidates met Tuesday’s deadline to run for Czech president, seeking to unseat incumbent Milos Zeman, who has leaned toward Russia and China.
Czech presidents wield limited day-to-day power but have large informal influence and play a key role in forming governments — now underway following elections last month.
The winner of the January presidential election will fuel or tame euroskepticism that has taken hold despite the country’s economic success and stability since joining NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.
Zeman, 73, former Social Democrat leader and prime minister, is one of the major figures in the …read more
Source: Voice of America