Mr Zeman, 73, won on his anti-immigration and anti-EU platform, exposing the deep division in Czech society between those who have benefitted from rapid transformation since joining the EU and those who feel that economic growth has passed them by.
His win, albeit by 51.37 per cent to opponents Mr Drahos’s 48.62 per cent, is bad news for Brussels since President Zeman is constantly in disagreement with the EU, particularly regarding migrant quotas and sanctions against Russia.
Liberal Mr Drahos is firmly pro-EU, and his campaign was badly damaged after he was portrayed as a supporter of mass migration.
Mr Zeman’s team launched a billboard campaign with the message “Stop immigrants and Drahos! this country is ours!”