Klaus re-elected Czech president
www.chinaview.cn 2008-02-16 04:34:04   Print

    PRAGUE, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Czech lawmakers re-elected on Friday Vaclav Klaus Czech president for another five-year term in the third round of the second presidential election where he received a majority of votes and beat his rival candidate Jan Svejnar.

    Klaus, 66, who was nominated by the senior ruling Civic Democrats (ODS), gained support from a total of 141 lawmakers, which was the same number as in the first and second rounds.

    A total of 122 legislators voted against him.

    Svejnar, 55, a liberal economist promoted by the centre-left parties, was supported by 111 legislators in the third round, which was 15 fewer than in the previous round.

    A total of 119 lawmakers voted against Svejnar, who lives alternately in the United States and the Czech Republic and has dual Czech and U.S. citizenship.

    The lawmakers voted again in public by show of hands in the second election as they did in the first three-round poll a week ago.

    Klaus, former ODS long-term head and now its honorary chairman, was in all three rounds supported by 93 deputies -- all from the ODS, part of the junior government Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and three former opposition Social Democrat (CSSD) MPs.

    A total of 48 senators, all from the ODS group, five Christian Democrats and two senators from the Independent Association (SNK) group, voted for Klaus.

    Svejnar received the votes of 80 deputies and 31 senators in the third round.

    Klaus gained one more vote than needed as the support of 140 votes sufficed for his re-election in the third and final round where a candidate needs a simple majority of all MPs present to win.

    Five years ago, Klaus was elected president by 142 votes in the third round of the third election in a secret ballot.

    Klaus' second presidential term does not start by his re-election but by the presidential oath which he is to take in early March.

Editor: Yan Liang
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