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Czech Parliament Re-elects Incumbent Vaclav Klaus as President


The Czech parliament has re-elected Vaclav Klaus to a second term as president.

Mr. Klaus received 141 votes at a joint session of both houses of parliament, defeating his Czech-American opponent, Jan Svenjar, who received 11 votes in Friday's third round of balloting.

A third candidate, Jana Bobosikova, dropped out before the start of Friday's voting.

Mr. Klaus is a conservative, who first won the presidency in 2003.

Last week, parliament failed to elect a president in three rounds of voting.

The Czech presidential post is mostly a ceremonial one, but the president appoints the prime minister, top judges and bank chiefs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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