Czech President Milos Zeman, a vocal opponent of immigration who favours closer ties with Russia, won a second term in office on Saturday. Zeman took 51.36% of the vote to defeat challenger Jiri Drahos by 152,184 votes in the runoff, the Czech Press Agency reported.
Zeman, 73, has spoken out against the European Union, Islam and immigrants, and the election was seen as an indicator of whether populist movements are gaining strength in Europe. Though the Czech Republic is a member of NATO, Zeman supports closer relations with Russian and China.
He is an admirer of US President Donald Trump. The Czech Republic is the only EU state to have joined the US in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Zeman was prime minister from 1998 to 2002 before being elected president in 2013.
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