Retired general, ex-PM lead the field in Czech presidential election

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By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) -A retired general who held a senior NATO military job headed into the Czech Republic’s presidential election starting on Friday as a favourite ahead of his main rivals – a divisive former prime minister and an economics professor. Presidents in the NATO and European Union member country do not hold daily executive powers but appoint prime ministers, central bankers and judges, and have a say in foreign affairs. Polls opened at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) and voting wraps up at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with results expected to come in later that day. Retired General Petr Pavel…

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