Populist billionaire sweeps to victory in Czech election

22 Oct

Mr Babiš has rejected forming a government with the SPD, but has left a backdoor open to a minority government with support from either the extreme Right or Left.

However, the Left was decimated, and the communist KSČM recorded its worst ever result at just under 8 per cent. However, it still beat the centre-left Social Democrats (ČSSD), leader of the outgoing coalition that includes ANO.

ANO’s deputy chairman said the ČSSD, which slumped to 7 per cent despite a booming economy, is likely first on the list of potential partners. However, CSSD officials suggest it may prefer to go into opposition.

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