NEWS WATCH: Angry Czechs Vote Amid Expected Return Of Communists


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)--  Czechs have voted in early parliamentary elections, punishing the center-right government following massive corruption and spying scandals. The Communists are expected to play a key role in national politics, for the first time since the collapse of Communism in 1989.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Churches Face Uncertainty With Early Elections

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czechelectionsPRAGUE/BUDAPEST  (BosNewsLife)-- Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections that are expected to be dominated by left-wing parties who oppose a plan to pay billions of dollars in compensation to churches for properties that were seized from them by the previous Communist regime.

Czech Government Resigns; Churches Concerned

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PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)--- The Czech Republic is facing uncertainty after the government headed by Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok resigned, paving the way for early elections. Tuesday's official announcement comes while churches were seeking compensation for properties that were nationalized by the previous Communist regime when devoted Christians and their leaders were persecuted.

NEWS WATCH: Former PM Wins Czech Presidency In First Direct Race

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zemanwinsBUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- Left-leaning former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman has won his country's first direct presidential elections with about 55 percent of the vote. The international community was closely watching the voting as it will impact the Czech Republic's future relations with the European Union.

NEWS WATCH: Leftist Wins First Round Of Czech Presidential Race

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zemanPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Official results show former leftist prime minister Milos Zeman has won the first round of the Czech Republic's first direct presidential vote since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993.  Zeman, however, faces tough competition in a second round to replace the euro-skeptic Vaclav Klaus.

NEWS WATCH: Colorful Candidates In Czech Presidential Race

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vladimirfranzPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Polling stations have reopened in the Czech Republic for the country's first direct presidential elections since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993, with a fully tattooed artist and two former prime ministers among the hopefuls.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic’s First Direct Presidential Poll With Unusual Candidates

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

JAN FISCHERPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife)-- Citizens in the Czech Republic are voting in the first direct presidential elections in their nation's 20-year history. Among the three favorite candidates is the man who wants to become Europe's first popularly elected Jewish head of state and one unusually colorful candidate