Czech Senate chairman Milan Štěch announced Wednesday that the first round of the Czech presidential election will be held during Jan. 12-13, 2018.

Czech incumbent President Miloš Zeman will seek re-election for another five-year term. His rivals will include former science academy head Jiří Drahoš, writer Michal Horáček, Senate deputy chairman Jaroslav Kubera, and Karel Štogl, head of former interim PM Jiří Rusnok’s office.

To be registered, a presidential candidate has to submit at least 50,000 people’s signatures or the signatures of 10 Senators or 20 deputies.

Each of the candidates will be able to spend up to 40 million crowns on the campaign, and a further 10 million in a second round if none of the candidates get an overwhelming majority in the first round.

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