Czech billionaire Babis favourite to win parliamentary election

Election campaign posters of Top09 party's candidate Martin Plisek and ANO party's leader Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic 18 October 2017. Photo: REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE - Czech voters look set to hand power to billionaire businessman Andrej Babis, whose anti-establishment rhetoric has convinced voters he can fix the EU country's problems, from graft to transportation.

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Polls give Babis's ANO party a wide lead over all rivals but not by enough to secure a majority in parliament. It will need partners to form a government, which analysts believe will tame any radical policy swings.

Rivals say that Babis is a threat to democracy because of his business power, authoritative style and media investments.

Reuters

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