Zeman in the lead on elections of the President of the Czech Republic with 40.7% of votes

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in potenciali Prague at the polling station. 12 Jan 2017Zeman in the lead on elections of the President of the Czech Republic with 40.7% of votes© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The current President of Czech Republic Milos Zeman after calculating the data for 75% of the polling stations in the lead in the first round of the presidential election with 40.7% of votes, said on Saturday the Czech statistical Department (CSO).

«Second place is the former Chairman of the Academy of Sciences jiří Dragos, he had 25.5% of the votes. The remaining seven candidates for the presidency gained 0.5% to 9.6% of votes», — stated in the message.

Presidential elections were held in the Republic for Friday and Saturday, they took part about 60% of registered voters who had the opportunity to vote for one of the nine candidates. If none of the candidates do not succeed in the first round to gain more than 50% of the votes, then two weeks later held a second round.

According to the CSO, Zeman in the elections expressed a preference for mainly in villages and small towns. For Dragos voted mostly residents of large cities, including Prague.

In the event of a second round leaders of right-wing parties and some presidential candidates intend to urge their supporters to vote for Dragos, which supports the Euro-Atlantic orientation in foreign policy, advocated the retention of anti-Russian sanctions and distanciruemsa from excessive rapprochement with China.

In contrast Zeman sees the cooperation with Russia and China a great economic potential for her country, believes actually solved the issue of Crimea and absolutely denies the possibility of reception in the Republic of refugees from Muslim countries as representatives of very different cultural environment.

On the eve of elections of their intention to vote for Zeman said the Prime Minister Andrew Babish, Governor of the National Bank jiří Rusnok, Chairman of the Communist party, vojtěch Filip, the leader of the populist movement «Freedom and direct democracy», Tomio Okamura.