Miloš Zeman leads first round of Czech Republic presidential elections

Czech president criticised for far-right tendencies and warm relations with Russia and China gets 42.9% of votes but final victory far from certain

The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, led the first round of the Czech Republic’s presidential election on Saturday by a wide margin but short of winning outright, partial results have showed.

Eight candidates are seeking to oust Zeman, whose inclination toward far-right groups and cosy relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.

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