Czech elections


The country will be voting next October in the most feisty parliamentary elections in recent memory.

The prominent businessman and finance minister in the outgoing government, Andrej Babiš, is at the centre of a
crisis in the Czech Republic. Babiš is one of the country’s wealthiest tycoons and the owner of the giant Agrofert
holding, which has a stake in everything from chemicals to the media. In 2012, he began his political ascent by
founding the movement Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO). Babiš promised that his movement would cleanse the Czech Republic of its ageing and corrupt political class. Just one year later, in the 2013 parliamentary elections, ANO won 18.7% of the vote and became the nation’s secondlargest political force, a result that ultimately earned Babiš the role of finance minister.

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