Populist leader of Czech Republic lost in election

“He succeeded in making migration one of the main issues of the election, but the anti-immigrant talk was not enough; He lost,” Otto Ebel, head of the political science department at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second most populous city, said in a telephone interview.

He said the election did not revolve around policy choices, but was “a referendum on Andrez Babis.”

Neither the opposition coalition nor Mr Babis won an outright majority, but a small party that Mr Babis had previously relied on to form the government failed to win any seats, leaving a majority for his rivals. Sewing opened the way. Legislature.

“People were fed up with the populist, short-lived politics of Lady Babis,” said Petr Fiala, a former political scientist and university rector who led the anti-Babyss coalition and is now in the best position to become prime minister. “We want to have normal, efficient and decent politics and people have faith in us.”

“The change we have promised is here. And we will deliver it,” Mr Fiala said, speaking on television as the last votes were being counted.

To do so, however, he needs to form a coalition with the Pirates, an anti-establishment party that supports gay marriage and other progressive causes, something that Mr Fiala’s more conservative followers reject.

The result, far from a decisive victory for the opposition, delivered an unexpected rebuke to Mr Babis, a tycoon who has dominated the Czech political scene for nearly a decade, mixing right-wing populist rhetoric with traditionally left-wing policies such as pensions. Is. Enhancement and support for the underprivileged.

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