Billionaire ANO leader to form minority government after tapping into popular discontent over immigration and EU relations
The Czech Republic’s second richest man, Andrej Babiš, has been sworn in as the country’s new prime minister, pledging a fight against people smugglers whom he blamed for the numbers of “illegal” migrants going to Europe.
The party of Babiš, called Action for Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO), emerged as easily the biggest grouping in October’s parliamentary election, in which immigration and relations with the EU were key issues.
“Our position on migration is clear,” Babiš said after being appointed premier by the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, at Prague’s historic ninth century castle. “Our country should be more active and propose to the member states and the European commission a solution to illegal migration [sic]. And that solution is a fight against human traffickers.”