During the election Babiš
, once dubbed the “Czech Trump” by some local media outlets because of his vast business empire and populist leanings
, campaigned heavily on an anti-immigrant and Euroskeptic platform
The 67-year-old business tycoon also faced challenges from opposition parties over his financial dealings, which they claimed represented a conflict of interest.
Pandora’s box of scandals
The tight election also comes just days after a Pandora Papers investigation into controversial financial dealings by Babiš and other world leaders
. The report claimed the Czech Prime Minister secretly moved
$ 22 million through offshore companies to purchase an estate on the French Riviera in
2009, before he entered politics
Responding on Twitter, Babiš wrote: “There is no case that they can pull against me during the time I am in politics.
“I have never done anything unlawful or bad, but it does not stop them to try to slander me again and to try to influence Czech parliamentary elections,” hy het bygevoeg.
A businessman who is worth about $ 3.4 miljard, according to Bloomberg, Babiš has railed against the elite since he became prime minister in 2017, vowing to crack down on tax avoidance.
But his premiership has been dogged by long-standing allegations of financial impropriety.
In 2019, tens of thousands of Czechs took to the streets in some of the biggest protests since the
1989 revolution over Babiš’s financial affairs and other issues
Soos die owner of the Agrofert conglomerate of food
, chemicals and media companies
, Babiš was one of the richest business tycoons in the Czech Republic
. In 2017, he placed the business into a trust
, as required by law in order to remain in his post as finance minister
. He became prime minister later that year
Maar a European Commission audit later found Babiš breached conflict of interest rules over his control of trust funds linked to Agrofert
Babiš rejected the findings, saying the audit was “manipulated and artificially induced by professional snitches” from the ranks of opposition parties.