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Babis Keeps His Parliamentary & Party Posts

  • Senior executives of the main opposition ANO party decided that its leader Andrej Babis will remain an MP and party leader. However, he will reduce his media activity, while deputy leaders Alena Schillerova and Karel Havlicek will now serve as "the main faces" of the party. Local political analysts had earlier speculated that Babis could try to replicate the "Polish model" (based on an analogy with Poland's ruling Law and Justice party), whereby the leader withdraws into the background but maintains control over the party. Meanwhile, Moravian-Silesian Region Governor Ivo Vondrak, who publicly supported Babis' rival in the recent presidential election, resigned as ANO's deputy leader.
  • There are no big economic releases in Czechia today, with terms of trade and CPI due to cross the wires on Friday.

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