Premier Babis under pressure as Czech parliamentary election begins

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The two-day parliamentary election in the Czech Republic began on Friday with polls showing populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis poised to secure a second term despite a fresh scandal over his finances. The 67-year-old tycoon who heads the ANO (Yes) party was among the world leaders ensnared in the “Pandora Papers,” a massive investigation by news organizations into the shadowy dealings of the super rich. Babis is alleged to have transferred 22 million dollars through a series of shell companies in the British Virgin Islands in order to buy a French mansion in 2009, news outlets in…

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