Former NATO General Petr Pavel becomes new President of Czech Republic

  • Retired NATO General Petr Pavel has been elected as the new President of the Czech Republic on 28 January 2023.
  • With 97% of ballots cast in nearly 15,000 polling stations counted by the Czech statistics office, Mr. Pavel had 57.8% of the vote and Mr. Babis had 42.2%.
  • Mr. Pavel is a former chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, the alliance’s highest military body.
  • Like India, the President of the Czech Republic does not have a direct or active role in running the country, yet he chooses the prime minister and head of the central bank, is consulted on foreign policy, and influences government policies.
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