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Prague rejects sole candidate

(First Edition)

PRAGUE (AFP) - The sole candidate for president of Czechoslovakia failed to win majority support from deputies yesterday in an election to find a successor to outgoing President, Vaclav Havel.

Miroslav Sladek, 41, the head of the right-wing Republican Party, was the only candidate in two inconclusive rounds of voting in the federal assembly. A total 107 of the 289 deputies boycotted the vote to protest Mr Sladek's candidacy and his alleged xenophobic views. The Czechoslovak parliament will vote again on 30 July.