PRAGUE – The populist-centrist Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO) won on Saturday the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic with 32 percent of the vote, according to provisional data from the Czech statistics office.
ANO’s candidate Andrej Babis is a billionaire who has been dubbed by the press as the “Czech Trump” and is currently under investigation for alleged fraudulent use of European funds.
With 39 percent of the votes counted, he is believed by the statistics office to have received 13 more points in this election than in his debut in 2013.
Second in the vote is believed to be the SPD, a xenophobic and anti-European party, with the conservative ODS thought to have come in third with 10 percent.
They are followed by the Pirate Party (9.5 percent) and the Communist Party (9 percent).
The social-democratic CSSD lost more than half of its electorate from four years ago, dropping from being the country’s largest political force to receiving a mere 9 percent of the vote, according to forecasts.