PRAGUE – Prime Minister Andrzej Babis’s centrist party lost Saturday’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic, a surprising development that could mean the end of a populist billionaire’s rule.
The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech parliament took place shortly after the International Consortium of Investigative Ghetto Journalists reported details of Babi’s overseas finances in a project called “Pandora Papers”. was given. Babis, 67, has denied any wrongdoing.
With all the votes counted, the Czech Bureau of Statistics said that together, a liberal conservative three-party coalition won 27.8 percent of the vote, defeating Babis’s ANO (yes) party, which won 27.1 percent. Taken In another shock to the populists, a left-wing liberal coalition of the Parrot Party and STAN, a group of mayors, won 15.6 percent of the vote, according to the Statistics Office.
“The two democratic alliances have won a majority and have the opportunity to form a majority government,” said Peter Fialla, Twitter’s leader and prime ministerial candidate.
The winning coalition won 71 seats, while its ally won 37 seats and secured a comfortable majority of 108 seats. Babis won 72 seats, six fewer than in the 2017 election.
The five opposition parties, whose policies are closer to the mainstream of the European Union, are trying to oust the Eurosceptic Prime Minister, putting aside their differences in this election to form two alliances with the populist bosses. ۔
Yet on Saturday night, the two coalitions announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to govern together.
The results mean “a complete change in the politics of the Czech Republic.” “It strengthens the country’s position in the Western camp.”
“It’s a big defeat for the Babis,” he added.
In the Czech Republic, the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim force, the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party, which seeks to pull the country out of the European Union, came in fourth with 9.6 percent support or 20 seats, less than the 22 seats it won in 2017.
Prior to the vote, Babis led a minority coalition government of the ANO and Social Democrats in the Eastern European country of 10.7 million people, members of both the European Union and NATO. It has also ruled with the support of the dominant communists.
But both the Social Democrats and the Communists, the country’s traditional parliamentary parties, failed to win seats in parliament on Saturday for the first time since Czechoslovakia’s partition in 1993.
Babies is a tumultuous term involving several scandals. Among them, police suggested that he be charged with alleged fraud in an EU subsidy, and a recent EU report concluded that Babis’s There is a conflict of interest over the subsidy of the block included in the former business empire.
The “Pandora Papers” report, which details how many of the world’s richest and most powerful people allegedly hid their wealth from tax collectors, alleges that Bobby used 22 22 million in shell companies to buy 16 properties in southern France. Pour
According to documents obtained by the journalist group’s Czech partner, the French assets were not disclosed in the declarations of the prime minister’s wanted assets. Babis claimed that the purpose of the report was to harm him in the election.
Still, all the pre-vote public elections supported his ANO party to win the election.
“We didn’t expect to lose,” Babis said, congratulating the winner. “We accept that.”
He still called the election results “excellent.”
The leader of the strongest party usually has the opportunity to form a new government. Babus’s closest ally, President Milos Zeman, did not immediately comment, but indicated earlier that he would appoint the leader of the first winning party, not the winning coalition, to try to form a new government. Will be The two leaders will meet on Sunday.
“We are the strongest party,” Babis said. If the president asks me to form a government, I will negotiate.
Any new government needs a vote of parliamentary confidence to rule, but Babis and his potential partner, the Freedom Party, do not have enough support.
Babis refused to confirm his campaign claim that he would quit politics if he was in opposition.
The Babis bet on an aggressive campaign. Migration is a big issue, even though the country is not a destination for immigrants and refugees. Analysts say the move divides the nation. He invited Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the anti-immigration champion of Europe, to attend a campaign rally. Babis also criticized the European Union’s plan to tackle climate change, saying it would hurt the country’s economy.
Fyala, a co-leader, vowed to do different politics.
“It doesn’t matter who you vote for,” he said after the results were announced. “We are all Czech citizens who have to live together as neighbors, friends and colleagues. That’s what unites us all.”
The Liberal Conservatives are made up of the Civic Democratic Party, the Christian Democrats and the Top 09 party. The Pirate Party and the STAN, a group of mayors and independent candidates formed another coalition.
Despite their differences on a number of issues, including climate change, same-sex marriage and the adoption of the euro, opposition parties support all EU and NATO membership.