Czech President Zeman Sworn-In For Second Term

The pro-Russian, pro-Chinese and anti-immigration leader of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, has been sworn-in for a second term on Wednesday in Prague, the country's capital.

Zeman, 72, signing Presidential Oath | Photo courtesy of Chamber of Deputies / Prague Castle

Zeman was sworn in for his second term during a joint meeting of the two houses of Parliament held in the Vladislav Hall of the medieval Prague Castle.

His new term will run through 2023.

In his inauguration speech, the 73-year-old openly attacked state-funded as well as private media outlets. He also called for direct elections of mayors and regional governors, and an active participation of citizens in public affairs. “I decided to live to ninety,” Zeman said in conclusion of his speech.

Conservative lawmakers Jiri Pospisil, Miroslava Nemcova and Karel Schwarzenberg and a handful of other attendees left during the ceremony in protest.