New President in the Czech Republic

Milos Zeman has been chosen by the people of the Czech Republic to be the country’s next president. This is the first time the country’s president was chosen by a vote of the country’s citizens. In the past, the president was chosen by the country’s parliament. The law for how to choose the next president was changed in the Czech Republic last year. Zeman is 68 years old and was the prime minister of the country from 1998 to 2002.

By becoming president, Zeman gets to work at the Prague Castle, which is also the office of the president. Prague Castle is one of the largest castles in the word (by area) and is located in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. The country is often referred to as the “castle capital of the world” since it has over 2,000 castles.

Did you know? Zeman’s opponent in the presidential elections was Karel Schwarzenberg. Schwarzenberg also got a chance to vote in the elections, but his vote did not count since he forgot to put his polling paper in the required envelope!

 

Image Credits: Miloslav Hamřík for Zeman’s photograph; Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at for Prague Castle’s image