Pro-Western, retired general Pavel sweeps Czech presidential vote

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By Robert Muller and Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) -Former army chief and high NATO official Petr Pavel won the Czech Republic’s presidential election on Saturday with a pledge to keep the country firmly anchored in the West and bridge society’s political differences. Pavel, a 61-year-old retired general running for office for the first time, won 58.3% of the vote with all voting districts reporting final results, defeating billionaire ex-premier Andrej Babis, a dominant but polarising force in Czech politics for a decade. Pavel, a social liberal who had campaigned as an independent and gained …

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