The two came neck and neck in the first round with about 35% each. However, the latest polls show a victory for Pavel
The two-day runoff in the Czech Republic’s presidential election begins today, pitting retired general Petr Pavel against Andrej Babis, a billionaire populist former prime minister.
Polls open at 2 p.m. (local time, 3 pm Greek time) and around 8.3 million voters are called to the polls.
The result of the vote is expected tomorrow, Saturday, evening.
The dominant theme of the election campaign is Russia’s war against Ukraine. The 68-year-old Babis tried to portray his opponent as a warmonger and advocated holding a peace conference in Prague.
Pavel, who is 61, has come out in favor of sending aid to Kyiv.
The two came neck and neck in the first round of voting two weeks ago, each garnering about 35% of the vote. However, the latest polls show a victory for Pavel.
In the Czech Republic, the role of the head of state is mainly ceremonial, however the president appoints the government and is the supreme commander of the armed forces.
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