Big electoral victory for ‘Czech Trump’ Andrej Babis as left wing suffers historic defeat

Big electoral victory for ‘Czech Trump’ Andrej Babis as left wing suffers historic defeat
Andrej Babis, the "Czech Trump" - big winner in the Czech parliamentary election. (Image: Screen grab of AFP video, YouTube)

[Ed. – That’s two in just the last few days, including the right-wing victory in Austria.  The common threads are “Euro-skepticism” and opposition to EU migration policies.  With the number of competitive parties in the Czech Republic, one party getting nearly 30% is pretty amazing.]

With an estimated fortune of over four billion, ANO [YES] party leader Andrej Babis is even wealthier than U.S. president Donald Trump, and has used his wealth since the 2011 founding of his party in a crusade to change Czech politics. Originally founded to oppose government corruption, [his ANO (YES)] party has since come to oppose the Euro currency, European Union federalism, and mass migration. …

UPDATE: 1900 CET

The count for this remarkable election is now all but complete, with Czech billionaire and populist leader Andrej Babis leading a party commanding 29.66 per cent of the vote — a significant proportion given the largest party in the last election in 2013 only achieved 20.45 per cent of the vote.

That same Social Democrat party — known as the orange party in Czechia for their corporate colour scheme — has this time recorded their worst ever result, reports Czech newspaper Lidovky, at just 7.7 per cent, putting them in sixth.

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