Bil­lion­aire sworn in as Czech PM

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

CZECH Pres­i­dent Milos Ze­man swore in a pop­ulist bil­lion­aire as the coun­try’s new prime min­is­ter on Wed­nes­day af­ter his cen­trist move­ment won par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

An­drej Babis’ ANO (YES) move­ment won 78 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Par­lia­ment in Oc­to­ber.

Known for his slo­gan “ev­ery­body steals” and re­solve to run the state like a com­pany, Babis op­poses set­ting a date for the adop­tion the euro com­mon currency and re­jects the EU’S re­lo­ca­tion sys­tem for mi­grants.

Wed­nes­day’s ap­point­ment comes de­spite fraud charges against Babis, a rea­son why none of the other par­ties agreed to cre­ate a coali­tion gov­ern­ment with ANO.

Babis has cre­ated an ANO mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment with in­de­pen­dent ex­perts. Ze­man, his ally, is ex­pected to swear in the Cabi­net next Wed­nes­day.

Any new gov­ern­ment has to win a par­lia­men­tary con­fi­dence vote to rule. The vote has to take place 30 days from the gov­ern­ment’s ap­point­ment and is not ex­pected be­fore Christ­mas.

Babis said he was plan­ning to meet the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other par­ties in ef­forts to win their sup­port, or at least tol­er­ance, in the vote. – AP

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