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A populist president

The new Czech president is a chain-smoker who rode a wave of public discontent

By Andrew Greene  

(photo: Draceane)

The Czech Republic has a new president—and he’s a chain-smoking ex-communist. Miloš Zeman, who was prime minister between 1998 and 2002, won the country’s first direct presidential election since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. He will take over from Václav Klaus, who has occupied Prague Castle since 2003. “As the president elected in a direct vote, I promise to try and be the…

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