Former NATO general Petr Pavel wins Czech presidential election

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Former army general Petr Pavel has won the race to become the new president of the Czech Republic, defeating billionaire Andrej Babis in a run-off vote on Saturday.

Pavel, 61, secured more than 58 percent of the vote, the Czech Statistics Office said. Babis, a former prime minister and polarising figure in Czech politics, conceded defeat and offered congratulations to Pavel.

Pavel has shown his support for the country to provide military and humanitarian support for Ukraine amid the war with Russia. He has strongly supported the European Union and NATO and has viewed the Czech Republic’s future linked to their memberships.

Babis, 68, had been supported by Zeman, with whom he shares eurosceptic views and the tendency of using anti-migrant rhetoric.

It was the second major defeat for Babis in recent years, after his centrist ANO (YES) movement ended up in opposition after losing the 2021 general election.




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