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Czech leader defies fraud probe scandal


The Czech Republic’s billionaire prime minister fortified his support among potential voters, defying escalating tensions over a police investigation into whether he committed fraud.
The ANO party led by Andrej Babis widened its lead in a survey conducted by pollster STEM last month when new allegations related to the fraud probe led to a failed no-confidence motion in parliament. ANO’s backing rose to 36 percent in November, from 33 percent in the previous month.
The opposition launched the no-confidence motion after Babis’s son said he’d been lured to Crimea and held there against his will as his father tried to hide him from the investigation. Babis Sr. has rejected the allegations and said his son, who’s also been accused in the fraud case, is mentally ill. Babis’s coalition, which lacks majority, survived the parliamentary challenge to its rule with help of Communist lawmakers.

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