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Czech left look set to win elections

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Czech left look set to win elections


As voting draws to an end in the Czech Republic, polls point to a swing to the left.

Leader of the Social Democrats Bohuslav Sobotka will be buoyed by the news that his party is tipped for the top with 26 percent.

He could choose to govern alone, or he may draw on support from the Communist party, which has not held power since the Velvet Revolution toppled them in 1989.

The rising star of Czech politics is billionaire Andrej Babis. Dubbed ‘Babisconi’ by the media, he says he wants to run the country like a business. Reports that have recently been made public allege he had ties with the reviled secret police in the 1980s.

His ANO party hope to ride a wave of popular anger at the government which collapsed in June following a corruption scandal.

The stakes are high as the country is still suffering under austerity, though their 18-month recession ended earlier this year. Voting ends at 2pm on Saturday.

However fragmented the result may be, it appears to be haunted by the past as much as it is facing the future.

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