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Milos Zeman, bold ex-communist scores Czech presidency

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A tough, outspoken chain smoker who loves a glass of wine, Europe-friendly leftist Milos Zeman replaces ardent eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus as president of the Czech Republic. 

Czech new-elected President Milos Zeman is seen on January 26, 2013 in Prague. A tough, outspoken chain smoker who loves a glass of wine, Europe-friendly leftist Milos Zeman replaces ardent eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus as president of the Czech Republic.

Beating conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, ex-prime minister Zeman garnered 54.8 percent of the vote against 45.19 percent for the aristocrat in round two of the central European nation's first direct presidential election, with voter turnout of 60 percent.

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