Former leftist Prime Minister Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg appeared to be the front runners in the first round of the presidential election in the Czech Republic.

With the votes from 95 per cent of polling stations counted on Saturday, Mr. Zeman was leading with 24.47 per cent of the vote, followed by Mr. Schwarzenberg with 22.68 per cent. With no candidate achieving a majority, the top two finishers Mr. Zeman and Mr. Schwarzenberg would face each other in a runoff in two weeks. Czechs are electing the country’s president in a direct popular vote for the first time.

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