January 10, 2018 / 7:14 PM / a year ago

Czech lower house adjourns session, delaying confidence vote until January 16

Members of the Czech Parliament stand as President Milos Zeman arrives to attend a confidence vote for the newly appointed government led by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in Prague, Czech Republic January 10, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech lower house voted on Wednesday to adjourn a session due to hold a confidence vote on a minority government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis until Jan. 16.

Babis, a billionaire businessman and leader of the anti-establishment ANO party, was expected to lose the vote after other factions in parliament said they would not back the cabinet due to a police investigation of alleged subsidy fraud by Babis. He denies any wrongdoing.

Reporting by Petra Vodstrcilova; Writing by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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