Czech ruling party sees surprise defeat in elections, putting Babis in danger

Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s centrist party narrowly lost the Czech Republic’s parliamentary elections on Saturday, a surprising development that could spell the end of the populist billionaire’s reign in power.

The two-day elections to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Republic’s parliament were held shortly after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported on the details of Babis’s financial transactions abroad in a project. called “Pandora Papers”. Mr. Babis has denied wrongdoing.

With nearly all votes counted, the Czech Republic Office of Statistics said Together, a three-party liberal-conservative coalition, won 27.8% of the vote, beating Babis’s ANO (Yes) party, which won. 27.1%.

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