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Zeman wins the Czech presidential election

Christians wish to see a change in the socio-political atmosphere.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus 29 JANUARY 2018 09:52 h GMT+1
Milos Zeman celebrates his victory on January 27. / Facebook M. Zeman

Pro-Russian incumbent President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman took 52% of the vote to beat Milan Drahos, the liberal pro-EU candidate.



Two thirds of the population voted in the second round.



“This is my last victory”, Zeman, who is 73 years old, said. “In my next term I want to be less arrogant and more humble”, he promised. The President-elect announced he will give Prime Minister Andrej Babis a second chance to form a government.



Zeman has been very vocal in his opposition to Muslim migrants and refugees. He is also skeptical about the European Union.



Meanwhile, Drahos, a pro-EU academic with no former political experience, said he would “carry on”. He aims to “end the climate of populism and fear in Czech society”, he told the BBC.



 



A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE



Dan Drápal, a Christian analyst and pastor, told Evangelical Focus that “the brutal atmosphere of Czech politics” should change.



Churches in the country have not a unified approach to politics. “What is more important? The right political views - or personal character? That is the dilemma we face now and over which we are sharply divided”.



The Czech traditional anti-faith environment has changed slightly in the last years. “Until now, it was fashionable to oppose churches and Christianity”, Drápal explained. “This is slowly changing - most of the Czechs would now welcome mentioning the “Judaeo-Christian roots” in EU documents”.



Among evangelical Christians, a large majority sees Muslims as a potential threat to the culture, a recent survey showed.


 

 


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