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Zeman – a 73-year-old who has courted the far-right in rejecting migrants from Muslim countries while pursuing warmer relations with Russia and China – won the first round with 38.6 percent of the vote, results showed Saturday.However, Drahos finished a solid second on 26.6 percent with support from liberal voters attracted by his policies favoring EU integration. Klvana also saw similarities between Zeman and two other central European leaders, right-wing Polish party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who have both picked fights with EU partners.Zeman has won votes with a tough stance on migration.Zeman has the backing of the Communists as well as the far-right anti-EU and anti-NATO SPD party.Former President Vaclav Klaus, who also holds pro-Russian and anti-EU views, has backed Zeman.
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