Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis loses his re-election bid

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis lost his re-election bid on Saturday, a major setback against a billionaire businessman who had personified the rise of populist nationalism in Central Europe.

With 99.9 percent of the votes counted, Babis’s Sí party obtained 27.2% of the votes, less than one percentage point behind the coalition of right-wing parties called Juntos. Together with a separate liberal alliance of parties called Pirates and Mayors, the two coalitions appeared to hold 108 of 200 seats in parliament, according to Czech Television, the national public broadcaster.

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