Milos Zeman surrounded by media and fan
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Czech election: Milos Zeman wins presidential poll

Former PM Milos Zeman has won the Czech Republic's presidential election - the first time the position has been decided by direct popular vote.

He won 55% of votes in the second-round poll, compared to Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg's 45%.

Mr Zeman is seen as a hard-drinking, chain-smoking politician, known for his witty put-downs of opponents.

As Mr Zeman's supporters celebrated his win, the BBC's Rob Cameron explained the significance of his new role.

  • 26 Jan 2013
  • From the section Europe