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Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:16

Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Czech billionaire Andrej Babis celebrating a thumping victory in the country's election. The wealthy businessman has drawn comparisons with U.S. president Donald Trump, campaigning on a promise to bring his business expertise to government, and an anti-establishment message. Babis has promised to resist deeper integration with Europe and keep out refugees. And Czech voters responded. Babis's ANO movement got 29.6 percent of the vote. Nearly three times as many as anyone else. It's the first party to break a quarter century of dominance by two mainstream centre-left and centre-right parties and highlights a shift in Europe where a refugee crisis has helped the rise of protest groups. Voters giving a mandate to Babis who has pledged to fight corruption while facing fraud charges himself. Accusations he denies. Babis now faces the tricky task of finding willing government partners ready to overlook his legal troubles. Both of the ANO's former partners have said they can't be in a cabinet with anyone under police investigation. That hasn't deterred the billionare though who says he will talk to all parties.

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Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 01:16