Czech voters will determine on January 13 and 14, which of eight presidential candidates will occupy the top post for the next five years and succeed Milos Zeman. The incumbent leader, according to the constitution, cannot seek re-election after his second five-year term as head of state expires on March 8.
Among the main contenders for the presidential seat are ex-Prime Minister Andrej Babis, army general and former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel and former rector of Mendel University in Brno Danuse Nerudova. According to polls conducted over the past two months, each of them has the support of an average of 26% to 27% voters. The other five candidates will be able to receive from 1% to a maximum of 7% of the vote.
Each of the presidential candidates, if elected as head of state, intends to strengthen the Central European nation’s international position, its economic, scientific, technical, and defense potential, and promote the development and expansion of social programs.