Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to rule

Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to ruleBy Robert Muller and Petra Vodstrcilova PRAGUE (Reuters) – 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.(For a graphic of the Czech election click tmsnrt.rs/2vO4hPW) Babis’s ANO movement got 29.6 percent of the vote, nearly three times as much as anyone else in an election that saw a record nine parties secure seats in parliament’s lower house. Babis has promised to bring his business expertise to government. The dramatic power shift comes as the Czech Republic has enjoyed rapid economic growth, a balanced budget and the lowest unemployment in the EU.



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