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They appear very happy to have joined NATO or they probably wouldn’t have elected Petr Pavel as President: “The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. The country formally added the short-form name Czechia in 2016, while also continuing to use the full form name, the Czech Republic”. https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/czechia/
“General Pavel was appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on 26 June 2015. In this position, he was NATO’s senior military officer and the principal military advisor to the NATO Secretary General, Mr Jens Stoltenberg. https://www.jwc.nato.int/articles/general-petr-pavel-chairman-nato-military-committee-visits-jwc
Volodymyr Zelenskyi @ZelenskyyUa Ukrainian government official
“I sincerely congratulate you @general_pavel with a convincing victory in the elections of the President of the Czech Republic. I appreciate your support for Ukraine and our struggle against Russian aggression. I would be happy to have close personal cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of Ukraine and the Czech Republic and in the interests of a united Europe.” https://twitter.com/ZelenskyyUa/status/1619372229942460418
“Petr Pavel wins landslide victory in Czech presidential elections
Defeat of former PM Andrej Babiš hailed as victory for liberal democracy over oligarchic populism By Robert Tait in Prague
Sat 28 Jan 2023 15.04 GMT https://www.theguardian.com
Petr Pavel, a retired general and former senior Nato commander, has swept to the Czech presidency with a landslide election victory over the former prime minister Andrej Babiš in what supporters immediately hailed as a victory for liberal democracy over oligarchic populism.
With about 88% of the vote counted, Pavel was ahead by 57% to 42.96%, a difference of nearly 700,000 votes nationwide, leaving his opponent with an insurmountable deficit.
The outcome represents a personal vindication for the pro-western Pavel and a humiliating rebuff for Babiš, a billionaire oligarch who had waged a ruthless, scorched-earth campaign that focused on portraying his adversary as a warmonger while casting himself as a victim of smears and death threats.
The first vote tallies drew instant cheers at Pavel’s campaign headquarters in Prague’s Karlín district as they showed a significant lead, which he never lost as further returns came in.
As the emphatic nature of his victory was confirmed, Pavel triumphantly addressed jubilant supporters at his campaign headquarters. He was greeted with chants of “president, president”.
Pavel, a former army chief of staff and second-in-command of Nato, will take over as Czech president in March from the incumbent, Miloš Zeman, who has held the post for the past decade and is constitutionally barred from seeking a further term.
Jiří Pehe, a political analyst and the director of New York University in Prague, said Pavel’s election represented a huge change in the nature of Czech leadership.
“This cannot be overestimated because in the past 10 years, we have had a president who was a disgrace for the Czech Republic  in many ways,” he said. “He was pro-Russian, sabotaged sanctions against Russians, bypassed the constitution and was rude and offensive.
“Pavel is a different type. He is much more civil and down-to-earth. He puts a lot of emphasis on representation and holds strong pro-western views. On the international scene, we will see someone in the presidency who represents what Václav Havel was, and is a departure from the last two presidents.”
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The Czech Republic is Czechia on the map and is commonly known as that. It should not be confused with Chechnya:
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