Andrej Babis: Eurosceptic billionaire and populist party win Czech Republic election

Eurosceptic billionaire and populist party win Czech Republic election

Andrej Babis (left) is set to become prime minister after his party won almost 30% of the vote

Monday, October 23, 2017

A billionaire who campaigned on a stance opposing the Eurozone and immigration has been elected to office in the Czech Republic. 

ANO, the party led by Andrej Babis, took home almost 30% of the vote in the election over the weekend. 

Its chief rivals - the Civic Democrats on the centre-right and the Pirate Party - came second and third after receiving more than 10% each.

Babis - who opposes the establishment - is now set to become the country's new Prime Minister. 

His pledge, while not to take the Czech Republic entirely out of the EU, is to keep the country out of the Eurozone. 

While negotiations to form a coalition are yet to start, the billionaire told Reuters while he had "invited everyone" to the negotiations, he was not going to be working with far-right parties, the Communist Party, or any groups advocating anti-EU freedom.