Newly-elected president Petr Pavel promises to bring “order and stability” to Czechia

Photo: Ondřej Deml, ČTK

Retired army general Petr Pavel is set to become Czechia’s next president after winning a sweeping victory in the second round of presidential elections. He beat his contestant for the top post, former prime minister Andrej Babiš by the biggest margin in the history of Czech presidential elections.

Petr Pavel celebrated a triumphant victory on Saturday in an atmosphere reminiscent of the heady days of the Velvet Revolution. The war hero who served as chief of the Czech Army’s General Staff and later as chair of NATO’s Military Committee, led a campaign highlighting values such as “honour, dignity and responsibility”.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová