Andrej Babis, whose ANO movement is heavily tipped to win this weekend's Czech national election, is his country's second-richest man with an empire of chemicals, food processing, farming and media firms.
Martin Ehl writes for TOL: "For outsiders, it might be difficult to understand how the Czech parliamentary elections, which will take place 20-21 October, can be judged unpredictable. After all, there is no doubt about the winner: businessman, former finance minister, and populist Andrej Babis and his party ANO (which means “yes” in Czech). And neither Babis nor his voters seem overly concerned that he was recently investigated by the police and charged with the misuse of EU funds. The volatile situation, however, stems from the unusually high number of small parties that may or may not cross the five percent threshold needed to get into the legislature – new ones as well as formerly grand, traditional parties that are now scuffling to stay relevant."
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