Czech ruling party sees surprise defeat in election, imperiling Babis

PRAGUE

chief Minister Andrej Babis’ centrist party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election, a surprise development that could average the end of the populist billionaire’s reign in strength.

The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Republic’s parliament took place shortly after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported details of Mr. Babis’ overseas financial dealings in a project dubbed the “Pandora Papers.” Mr. Babis has denied wrongdoing.

With almost all the the votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said Together, a liberal-conservative three-party coalition, captured 27.8% of the vote, beating Mr. Babis’ ANO (Yes) party, which won 27.1%.

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