Premier Babis under pressure as Czech parliamentary election begins

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The two-day parliamentary election in the Czech Republic begins on Friday, with polling stations opening at 2 pm (1200 GMT). The more than 8 million eligible voters can cast their ballots until polls close on Saturday. Opinion polls see incumbent Prime Minister Andrej Babis ahead, but his election campaign has been overshadowed by a financial scandal. Following reports of shell companies revealed in the so-called “Pandora Papers,” the 67-year-old denied having done anything unlawful. The multibillionaire heads the populist party ANO (Yes). Large parts of the opposition have formed two electora…

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