Czech billionaire Babis favourite to win parliamentary election

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Election campaign posters of Top09 party's candidate Martin Plisek and ANO party's leader Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic 18 October 2017.

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&39;s problems, from graft to transportation.

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Polls give Babis&39;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.