Anti-Establishment, Trump-Like Billionaire Wins Czech ElectionChris Menahan
Oct. 23, 2017
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An anti-establishment, anti-immigration, eurosceptic billionaire won the Czech election on Saturday, with his party getting nearly 30 percent of the vote.
Andrej Babis, 63, is the second richest man in the Czech Republic. After he surged in the polls the establishment tried to take him down through a "politically motivated" tax fraud investigation. They failed. He's now set to become their next Prime Minister.
From New York Times:
Ano, the party formed by Andrej Babis, 63, had nearly 30 percent of the vote with 99 percent of ballots counted. The Social Democrats, who have been at the center of Czech politics for a quarter-century and had finished first in the previous election, came in a distant sixth with just 7 percent. The Communists were fifth. And the Christian Democrats, another party that traces its roots to the country's founding, got less than 6 percent, perilously close to the cutoff to qualify for seats in Parliament.
[...]In recent months, as polls showed his rise to prime minister becoming likely, Mr. Babis became the target of an investigation into possible tax crimes and was fired as finance minister. This month, he was indicted on what he called politically motivated charges of misusing European Union subsidies. Opponents called on him to step down as his party's candidate for prime minister. He refused.
[...]Mr. Babis drew wide support from older Czech voters, fed up with corruption scandals and unfulfilled promises, who were willing to overlook their candidate's own legal issues.Everyone wants their own Trump. As I reported earlier this month, Brazil is also potentially on track to elect a pro-gun, pro-family nationalist as their next president.
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