Prague: Milos Zeman has been inaugurated as the third Czech president since the collapse of communism, succeeding conservative Vaclav Klaus.
Zeman, who was a prime minister from 1998 to 2002, staged a big return to power by winning the country`s first directly elected presidential vote by comprehensively defeating his opponent, conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in a presidential runoff vote on Jan 25-26 for the largely ceremonial post.
The 68-year-old took the presidential oath today during a joint session of both houses of parliament at the Prague Castle.
Since Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993, the Czech Republic has had two presidents elected by Parliament: late Vaclav Havel and Klaus. But the bickering at the last election led to the change in law.