Billionaire Czech finance minister under fire

Andrej Babis, the second wealthiest Czech, leads the centrist ANO (Yes) movement which opinion polls show headed for victory in legislative elections later this year.

Billionaire Czech finance minister under fire

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Czech Republic's finance minister came under heavy fire in parliament Wednesday over his business dealings and leaked conversations that led the prime minister to try to sack him last week.

But he is at the centre of a week-long political crisis sparked by doubts over his business dealings, which the tycoon insists are all legal.

"I'd like to ask the Czech public: stop believing that when someone's rich, he's a safer choice," Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek of the leftist CSSD party, which governs in coalition with the smaller ANO and the Christian Democrats, told parliament.

"When people like you (Babis) enter politics, it's a huge danger," Zaoralek added, during the special parliamentary sitting called to address Babis's alleged wrongdoing.

Babis shot back calling the debate "a live execution" and "another mega-campaign against me."

Parliament had asked him to explain how he raised the money to buy his sprawling Agrofert farming, chemicals and media conglomerate.

He came under further pressure on the streets, with tens of thousands of protesters turning out at rallies in several Czech cities.

 

 

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