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Big election lead for Czech billionaire Babis - results projection

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Big election lead for Czech billionaire Babis - results projection

<p>The <span class="caps">ANO</span> party of billionaire businessman Andrej Babis was seen winning a Czech parliamentary election with around 30 percent of the vote, results projections showed on Saturday.</p> <p>The projection by the Median agency showed eight parties crossing the 5 percent threshold to win parliamentary seats.</p> <p>The centre-right Civic Democrats were seen second with 11 percent, the projection showed.</p> <p>Babis has been seen as the mostly likely prime minister, his anti-establishment, anti-corruption message touching a chord with voters. But he’s thought unlikely to win a majority and coalition talks could take weeks.</p> <p>Over half of all voting stations have reported results.</p> <p>It would be the first group to break a quarter of a century of dominance by two mainstream parties.</p> <p>In a surprise surge the far-right Freedom and Democracy party is posing a serious challenge.</p> <p>Although he’s pro-EU membership, Babis has taken a tough line against further EU ntegration, being obliged to accept refugees and adopting the euro.</p> <p>He’s remained popular despite accusations of conflicts of interest.</p> <p>The Czech president has said he’ll allow a month for coalition negotiations before calling a new parliament – and has no objection to talks involving the far-left or far-right.</p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Billionaire’s <span class="caps">ANO</span> party holding big lead in Czech election: partial results <a href="https://t.co/Xt4AJvxFUJ">https://t.co/Xt4AJvxFUJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/Y3mNkMkgYT">pic.twitter.com/Y3mNkMkgYT</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/921742908553940992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 21, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>