Populist ANO movement wins in Czech regional elections

The populist ANO movement of Czech finance minister, media entreprenuer and billionaire Andrej Babis was the strongest part in 9 out of 13 regions in the country's regional elections on Saturday, election officials reported.

With 99 per cent of the votes counted, ANO collected 21 per cent of the vote, followed by the Social Democrats (CSSD) of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, with 15.3 per cent. The CSSD won only 2 regions as opposed to 11 in the previous vote.

In the senatorial election, the ANO was also a clear winner. Among others, 14 ANO politicians, 8 social democrats and 8 Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will head to the run-off elections in one week, thus allowing the governing parties to maintain their majority in the upper house of parliament.

Last update: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 22:43

More from Europe

EU official: Brexit negotiations must be completed by October 2018

Negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union must be completed by October 2018, the EU's top Brexit...

Merkel calls for burqa ban as her party toughens asylum stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burqa ban wherever possible on Monday at her conservative Christian...

Report: Austria's Van der Bellen won presidency with 53.8 per cent

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with 53.8 per cent of the votes, 7.6 per cent...

French prime minister steps down to pursue presidential bid

France's Manuel Valls stepped down as prime minister on Tuesday to pursue a bid for the presidency in elections next...

Poland's Supreme Court blocks Polanski extradition to US

Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to block filmmaker Roman Polanski's extradition to...