The Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle

One of three will replace President Zeman

5 January 2023

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Not only is Czechia, together with Slovakia, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Divorce this January, but Prague is also set to elect its new president, with the first round scheduled for 13-14 January and the second round two weeks later.

After a decade under the helm of the nationalist and populist Miloš Zeman, who spent most of his time in office lobbying and scheming for his friend-dictators and autocrats from Moscow, Beijing or Belgrade, Prague Castle will have a new resident as Zeman cannot run for a third term under the Czech constitution and will have to step down in March.

The new president will likely be one of the three campaign heavyweights sitting on top of the election polls for the past several weeks.

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