20 March 2023
Populism in the Czech Republic was dealt a massive blow over the weekend when the billionaire and former PM Andrej Babiš was defeated by Petr Pavel. The final tally and voter turnout sent a resounding message of support to the West and Brussels and a clear signal that Prague is cementing it’s position as a democratic centre of Central Europe.
Petr Pavel’s road to victory was not as clear cut as the results from this weekend would have you think.
Despite the Czech Republic commemorating its 30th anniversary this month, it has only elected its president directly three times, including this weekend’s elections. One of the highest voter turnouts since the country’s independence – a staggering 70.25 per cent – demonstrates how much the society is drawn to the presidential elections in this CE nation; notwithstanding the fact that the president’s primary responsibility under the constitution is to represent the nation.
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