New Czech government wins confidence vote in Parliament

PRAGUE — The new Czech government has won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament, ending months of political instability following October’s general elections.

The government is led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis as prime minister. His centrist ANO (YES) movement won the election, but his first minority government lost a confidence vote in January and had to resign.

Babis’ second government is made up of ANO and leftist Social Democrat deputies and it also doesn’t have a parliamentary majority.

To win the vote 105-91 early Thursday, Babis struck a controversial power-sharing deal with the far-left Communist Party, giving it a role in governing for the first time since the country’s 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution.

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