Czech polls close as PM Babis seeks to cling to power

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By Jason Hovet and Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) -Czechs wrapped up voting in a tight election on Saturday in which Prime Minister Andrej Babis battled criticism that he mismanaged the pandemic, stoked fast-rising debt with handouts and tended to his own business interests in office. The billionaire, who denies all the accusations, and his populist ANO party took a slight poll lead going into the central European country’s vote. Seeking a second term, he says the country needed stability and was prospering better than before. Voting ended at 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) and results will start to come th…

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