Former General Pavel and former Prime Minister Babiš enter the race for Prague Castle. The election campaign begins with a dispute over the communist past.
Prague. “These 14 days before the second round of the presidential election will be difficult and probably also very dirty.” Almost all political scientists on radio and television analysis programs in the Czech Republic unanimously expressed themselves in that spirit on Sunday.
Above all, the struggle for the highest office in the neighboring country remains exciting. Former high-ranking NATO general Petr Pavel and former head of government Andrej Babiš emerged from the first round in almost equal strength. Both received about 35 percent of the vote. Babiš led the race for a long time. Only when the results of the Prague elections were counted did the tide slightly turn in favor of former General Pavel. This once again confirmed that voting in the capital is fundamentally different than in the rest of the country.