Miloš Zeman (68) was elected the President of the Czech Republic in the direct election on Saturday, January 26th, 2013. Zeman (Party of Civic Rights, Strana Práv Občanů – Zemanovci, SPOZ) gained 54,80 % of votes. His opponent, Prime minister and the candidate of the TOP06 Party Karel Schwarzenberg (75) gained 45,19 % of votes. The campaign preceding the second round of the election was heated.
Riikka Nisonen, PhD, is researcher in the Aleksanteri Instititute (The Finnish Centre of East European and Russian Studies) of the University of Helsinki. She recieved her PhD in history at the University of Tampere in 2012. Her thesis is entiteled ”Science with the Human Face: The Activity of the Czechoslovak Scientists Franticek Corm and Otto Wichterle during the Cold War”. She is currently working as researcher in the project Competition in Socialist Society funded by the Finnish Academy. Her publications include: Nisonen-Trnka, Riikka, Soft Contacts through the Iron Curtain. In: Reassessing Cold War Europe. Autio-Sarasmo, S. & Miklossy, K. (eds.). Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe 2011; Nisonen-Trnka, Riikka, The Prague Spring of Science: Czechoslovak Natural Scientists Reconsidering the Iron Curtain. In: 1948 and 1968: dramatic milestones in Czech and Slovak history. Cashman, Laura (ed.). Routledge 2009.
Articles by Riikka Nisonen
Since 1989 the parliament of the Czech Republic has chosen country’s presidents. The first direct election in the history of the Czech Republic will take place on January 11-12, 2013. A possible second round will follow two weeks later.
Two elections took place in the Czech Republic the last weekend, October 12 and 13, 2012. The left-wing parties were the winners in both elections: The first round of the senate election and in the election to the regional assemblies. The second round of the senate election will take place on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, 20th, 2012.