Despite winning the Czech election last month and being given a mandate by Czech President Miloš Zeman to form a new government, populist billionaire Andrej Babiš is finding it difficult to get establishment parties on board to create a working coalition.
Billionaire Andrej Babiš surprised both the Czech establishment and sent shockwaves through the European Union (EU) after placing first in last month’s national election. Now, Babiš faces an uphill battle as mainstream parties refuse to work with him, claiming that he had misused EU subsidies for one of the 250 companies he controls, Die Welt reports.
The liberal-conservative TOP 09 party, who lost many votes to Babiš, has called for all the establishment parties to fight against the election of a new parliamentary president, a move that would see the Social Democrats remain in power. The current government is unable to resign until after a new parliamentary president is elected, according to the Czech constitution.
Babiš does, however, have the full confidence of President Zeman who called him “a successful entrepreneur who pays his taxes in the Czech Republic”, and added that the billionaire had “built a strong and successful political movement”.
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Even if Babiš fails on his first try to form a majority coalition government, the president has assured that he will grant him a second opportunity to do so. Should he fail more than three times, however, in all likelihood a new election will have to be called.
That scenario is unlikely as Babiš won the national election by a full million votes more than their closest rival and another election could see a landslide for the populist billionaire.
Babiš has been a strong opponent of mass illegal immigration and has called for the Visegrád Group of Central European nations – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – to seek out allies to provide a counter to the migration policies of Germany and France.
The populist has also been an ardent critic of Muslim migration and Islamisation saying earlier this year: “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.”