Czechs Are Set to Task Their Own Controversial Billionaire With Draining the Swamp

Czech billionaire politician Andrej Babis, right, takes a photograph with a supporter during a campaign rally, Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).
Czech billionaire politician Andrej Babis, right, takes a photograph with a supporter during a campaign rally, Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 28, 2017 (AP photo by Petr David Josek).
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PRAGUE—Wearied by political scandals and cynical about traditional parties, Czechs are set to elect their own version of Donald Trump as they head to the polls later this month for legislative elections. Billionaire Andrej Babis pledges to run the Czech Republic like his business and wipe out the corruption that has derailed so many governments since the fall of communism. Voters are buying his simplistic solutions despite a bevy of scandals that stalk Babis, who leads his own populist ANO party, which he founded in 2011. Pending criminal charges against Babis could provoke constitutional chaos after the elections on Oct. […]

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