Incumbent Czech President Milos Zeman was re-elected for another five years, beating former Science Academy chairman Jiri Drahos in the runoff vote today, according to CTK calculations based on the preliminary election results, Prague Daily Monitor reports.
The populist ex-communist Zeman took 51.36 percent of the vote against 48.63 percent for Drahos, Czech Television reported quoting full official results.
While Zeman represents poorer and rural voters with lower education, Drahos appeals to wealthier, well-educated urbanites.
Zeman's pro-Russian stance and support for closer ties with China has divided the nation. Most of the candidates for the presidential office who were left out in the first round, asked their supporters to vote for Drahos, a 68-year-old chemist.
President Milos Zeman during the casting of his ballot at a polling station in Prague. Drahos got 26.60 percent.
About 10 percent of voters in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state remained undecided but polls show they too are split down the middle.
Voting has ended in the runoff of the Czech Republic's presidential election, and early results show the anti-migrant incumbent taking a lead.
The vote showed Czech voters' concerns over security despite a period of fast economic growth and rising wages.
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One of the Czech president's duties is to select the prime minister.
That power was put on display this week as voters prepared to cast ballots in the second round of the country's presidential election. The victor of the vote may also influence a complicated political situation after billionaire Premier Andrej Babis's minority administration was forced to resign when it failed to win approval from lawmakers earlier this month.
Speaking to a jubilant crowd at his Prague campaign headquarters, Zeman vowed to give political ally Babis plenty of time to cobble together a government.
"We did not win, but we did not lose", Drahos said, adding that he was glad for the tremendous wave of energy that appeared and that could not disappear.
However, the president is involved in day-to-day politics but appoints central bankers and judges, and picks which politician can form a government.
Petr Vasicek, a Prague artist, told AFP that he chose the "educated and intelligent" Drahos over Zeman who is "pro-Russian and pro-Chinese, which I don't like at all".
His sharp criticism of immigration from Muslim countries has won him favour with large numbers of Czech voters, despite only 116 asylum applications being made between January and November a year ago.
Drahos, 68, a political newcomer, is seen as more Western-oriented.