Polls Place Populist Babis in First Place on Second Day of Czech Election, Results Expected Sunday

Polls Place Populist Babis in First Place on Second Day of Czech Election, Results Expected Sunday


PRAGUE (AP) – Czechs voted in a parliamentary election for a final day Saturday, with polls suggesting Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a populist billionaire, has a good chance of retaining power despite a turbulent first term featuring numerous scandals.

Two days of balloting to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Republic’s parliament took place in the immediate wake of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reporting details of Babis’ financial dealings in a project dubbed the “Pandora Papers.”

The consortium’s findings alleged Babis put over $20 million into shell companies to buy 16 properties in France. The Pandora Papers presented details of how many of the world´s richest and most powerful people allegedly hide their wealth from tax collectors.

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