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Billionaire Ex-Premier Seeks Comeback in Czech Presidential Bid

  • Babis says he’ll run for Czech presidency in January election
  • Polls suggest Babis has a chance to advance to runoffs
Andrej Babis

Andrej Babis

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Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, one of the country’s richest citizens, said he’ll run for president in January in a bid to return to power by taking the nation’s highest office.

The chemicals, agriculture and media billionaire, who was a backer of former US President Donald Trump until the January 2021 Capitol riots, announced his candidacy in a live news program of the private channel TV Nova late on Sunday.