Czech Republic: Voters head to the polls to choose next president

Source: euronews [EU]

“Voters in the Czech Republic are heading to the polls this Friday and Saturday to choose their next president. The winner will become head of state in a country battling record inflation and bulging public finance deficits because of the war in Ukraine. Eight contenders are in the running, but three challengers appear to be in serious contention for victory. Among the favourites is former Prime Minister Andrej Babis, 68, a billionaire populist who was recently acquitted in a fraud trial. He has been plagued by his communist past as an alleged secret police agent and has also had to defend questions about his business dealings. Retired army chief Petr Pavel, and former University head Danuse Nerudova are also in the running.” (01/13/23)