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Election victory for Andrej Babis - the 'Czech Donald Trump'

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Election victory for Andrej Babis - the 'Czech Donald Trump'

<p>A billionaire businessman with an anti-establishment message has won this weekend’s parliamentary election in the Czech Republic.</p> <p>Maverick tycoon Andrej Babis has drawn comparisons with Donald Trump and like the US President, he doesn’t mind ruffling feathers.</p> <p>In victory, however, Babis downplayed his Eurosceptic reputation.</p> “We have to fight for our interests,” he said. <p>“We’re a firm part of the European Union. We’re a firm part of <span class="caps">NATO</span>. I would be grateful if some people would stop being afraid that we are oriented to the East.”</p> <p>But he added that the EU needs to reflect on why Great Britain is leaving the bloc.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Czech vote winner Babis wants active EU role, not favoring government with extremists <a href="https://t.co/qVjdpGZUYW">https://t.co/qVjdpGZUYW</a> <a href="https://t.co/HiUypiFp2K">pic.twitter.com/HiUypiFp2K</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/921863697185890311?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">21 octobre 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><br /> </p> <p>Despite an emphatic victory for his centrist <span class="caps">ANO</span> movement, Babis will need partners to form a majority.</p> <p>But fraud charges which he denies and other scandals linked to the 63-year-old have led some potential coalition allies to rule themselves out.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>