Ready for round two in Czech presidential elections

Arms raised and smiling for the cameras, Karel Schwarzenberg looked like a man who had just won a boxing match rather than a political contest. But as the 75-year-old presidential hopeful walked onstage to address his supporters at a packed theater in the center of Prague Jan. 12, he would have known his biggest fight is yet to come.

Schwarzenberg will face Miloš Zeman in a Jan. 25-26 runoff to succeed the outgoing Václav Klaus after neither gained an outright majority in the first round of voting over the weekend. With the Czech Republic directly electing a head of state for the first time, former leftist Prime Minister Zeman garnered 24.2 percent support, while a late surge in the polls saw Foreign Affairs Minister Schwarzenberg finish second of the nine candidates with 23.4 percent.

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