Czech opposition parties claim election victory over populist Babis

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A nail-biting electoral count in the Czech Republic has defeated populist Prime Minister Ledi Babi as two opposition coalitions secured a slim parliamentary majority.

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The centre-right Spol (together) coalition, led by Petr Fiala and composed of Civic Democrats, Christian Democrats and Top 09 parties, overtook the ruling ANO party as the last votes were counted, suggesting the end of Babi’s reign. Had been. Top of Czech politics.

Spol received 27.68 percent of the vote, with the ANO on 27.24.


Meanwhile, the Czech Pirate Party and the Stan parties, another anti-Babyss coalition, won 15.5 percent of the vote. Together, the two coalitions could get a smaller majority. 108 seats out of 200 in the country’s parliament.

Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartos said talks with Spolo to form a government would begin on Saturday evening.

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Yet with Czech President Milos Zeman able to exert significant influence – he may ask Babis to try and form a minority government since the ANO is the largest party – the electoral drama may not be over yet.

Only four electoral groups crossed the five percent threshold to win seats in parliament, with the ANO, Spol and Pirates and Stan joining the controversial far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party, with only less than 10 percent. .

The SPD offered a coalition partnership with the ANO as the results became clear – but without the support of another party, the chances of forming a government appear slim.

Both the Social Democrats and the Communists, who won seats in the last election, failed to cross the five percent threshold this time. Notably, this is the first time since the fall

The Communist Party of the Communist Party of the Czech Republic failed to win any seats in parliament in 1989.

Senior ANO Minister Karel Havliek “spoke about the need”PolitenessIn accepting the consequences, that could prove to be the death knell for the Babik government.

Yet despite the defeat of the ANO, the future of the country is not entirely certain. President Milos Zeman announced before the election that he would give the largest individual political party the first chance to form a government – ​​meaning Babi could be approached before the leaders of the Spol and Pirates and Stan electoral coalition.

Yet members of the Spol coalition argue that a clear parliamentary majority for anti-Babik movements should force the president to change his tune. And as Spol passed the ANO in the final stages of counting votes, the legitimacy of any attempt by Babi to remain in power appeared even more questionable.


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