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Former premier elected Czech Republic’s new president, replaces Euro-skeptic Vaclav Klaus

A former left-leaning prime minister staged a big return to power Saturday by winning the Czech Republic’s first directly elected presidential vote. With all the votes counted, Milos Zeman won 54.8 percent of the vote for the largely ceremonial post, the Czech Statistics Office reported. His opponent, conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, had 45.2 percent.