>> An outspoken Euro-skeptic and strongly anti-immigrant president with an infinity for alcohol and smoking. During his five year term, Milos Zeman has divided the Czech Republic. But as the country heads to vote for a new president on Friday, he is expected to be chosen again. His re-election would be symbolic of an increasingly inward looking Czech Republic.
Zeman has sharply criticized immigration from muslim countries, citing security threats.>>
> He's also beefed up relations with China and Russia and called for the removal of EU sanctions over Russia in Crimea, while devoting less time to the country's Western allies. But this vote is only the first round.
All polls sees Zeman winning, but with the little chance of passing 50%. Reuters Jan Lopatka says that would spell a run off against a potentially strong opponent.>> In total, eight challengers are running against President Zeman in the elections this weekend. The most popular among them is Jiri Drahos, former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, a political independent.
And his message has been to turn foreign policy back toward the European mainstream. He's a strong supporter of cooperation within the European Union and And NATO. Another challenger is Michal Horacek, also a political independent, a businessman who had a built a betting company.>> But another threat to Zeman is his health.
While his doctor said on Tuesday he's fit for another term, he has diabetes, difficulties walking, and has at times looked frail.