‘Czech Trump’ Wins Election By Wide Margin

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Populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his ANO movement won the Czech general election by a wide margin Saturday.

ANO had almost three times as many votes as any other party when 94 percent of votes were counted. The party is expected to finish around 30 percent, with the center-right Civic Democrats in second place. Eight parties are expected to make the parliament, and it’s unclear with whom Babis will rule. (RELATED: Czech President Wants Gun Rights For Europeans To Stop Terrorists)

Babis is the country’s second wealthiest person with a net worth of more than $4 billion. He is often compared to U.S. President Donald Trump for his outspoken style and background as a businessman.

“I would say that he’s put this republic back on its feet again. He has ensured a lot of new finances which previous governments didn’t seem to be able to do. And we pensioners have got sums of money that we never got from those previous governments,” voter Lenka, 62, told Radio Prague.

ANO has focused its campaign on cutting taxes, focusing on investments and limiting immigration. Babis is also known to be a critic of the European Union.

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