Czech Election: Zeman or Drahoš Going To Win

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Czech President Milos Zeman or Jiri Drahoš are likely to win the direct presidential election that will be held in the Czech Republic in January, according to a model designed by the Institute of Political Studies of Charles University.

"At present Drahoš seems to have a slightly higher chance, while at the end of November Zeman had a slightly higher chance," the project's author Zuzana Havrankova told CTK. It seems nearly certain now that if Drahos fails to advance to the second round of the election, Zeman will become president again, she said.

Zeman is prevailingly supported by elderly voters, mainly those over 60, and by voters in the countryside and small towns, and also by those with lower education. Just the opposite goes for Drahoš.

At present, Drahoš has a 44.02 percent chance of becoming president, while Zeman has a 43.36 percent chance of defending his post. Businessman Michal Horacek has a 5.45 percent chance and former right-wing prime minister Mirek Topolanek a 5.05 percent chance. 

According to Czech law, candidates can take part in the presidential contest if they collect 50,000 signatures of citizens on their petitions, or the signatures of at least 20 deputies or at least 10 senators.

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