The Euro-skeptic billionaire outsider, Andrej Babis (right) from the ANO party, will become the next prime minister of the Czech Republic. The populist Czech billionaire, described by some as the ‘Czech Trump,’ has achieved a considerable victory in the national legislative elections — with the mainstream left Social Democrat party achieving their worst result in national history. His views on Muslim immigration are in line with those of President Milos Zeman: totally against it.
Breitbart With an estimated fortune of over four billion, ANO party leader Andrej Babis is even wealthier than U.S. president Donald Trump, and has used his wealth since the 2011 founding of his party in a crusade to change Czech politics. Originally founded to oppose government corruption, the party has since come to oppose the Euro currency, European Union federalism, and mass Muslim migration.
NewSJS With 81 seats, Babis will need at least two other coalition partners in order to form a government and secure a majority in the lower chamber of Parliament. Babis has been dubbed the “Czech Trump” by some media outlets because of his business empire and populist leanings. In campaigning, he opposed further European Union integration and adoption of the euro, and took a hard line on accepting refugees, according to Reuters.
The far-right SPD party, led by Tokyo-born Tomio Okamura, which ran a virulent anti-immigration campaign, will also have 22 seats — eight more than in the previous election. For the first time, the Pirate party will be represented in the Czech Parliament with 22 MPs, including the leader of the party, IT specialist Ivan Bartos.
ANO is the first party to break a quarter century of dominance by two mainstream centre-right and centre-left parties, highlighting a shifting political landscape in Europe where a refugee crisis has given rise to protest groups.
The far-right, anti-EU and anti-Islam SPD party made strong gains, capturing more than 10 percent of the vote, while another protest party, the Pirates, was set to win a number of seat by appealing to unhappy liberal voters. At just 7.4 percent, the ruling Social Democrats of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka were on course for their worst result since the country peacefully split with Slovakia in 1993.
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Breitbart Even after the major victory of right-wing Sebastian Kurz and the strong performance of the Freedom Party in Austria in their recent elections, a Babis ANO — Freedom and Direct Democracy coalition could see the Czech Republic take the crown for the most significant shift to the right in Europe for 2017.
As reported by Breitbart London in June, Babis articulated his anti-mass migration views, and opposition to the forced relocation of migrants by the European Union. Speaking on the importance of national heritage, Babis said: “The biggest added value of the European Union is the national identity of each country.
“We have to fight for what our ancestors built here. If there will be more Muslims than Belgians in Brussels, that’s their problem. I don’t want that here. They won’t be telling us who should live here.”
The latest results also show a remarkable collapse for the previously ruling Social Democrat party, who have slumped to just seven per cent of the vote — behind even the Pirate Party, who are now in double digits.
The Czech Republic is allied with Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and now Austria in taking measures to stop all Muslim immigration. The new Prime Minister will form a good partnership with the virulently anti-Muslim immigration president, Milos Zeman.