The Czech center-left government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka stepped down on Wednesday, making way for billionaire Andrej Babis, who won an election last month, to take power in time for an EU summit in December. “The government approved its resignation, the resignation will be delivered to the president today,” Sobotka told reporters after a regular government session. Sobotka’s coalition government was the first in 15 years to complete a full four-year term and presided over robust economic growth that helped cut unemployment to the lowest level in the EU and push up wages at the fastest pace in a decade.
However, voters tired of politics as usual opted for anti-establishment candidates, punishing traditional parties at the polls.
Babis’s ANO party, with pledges to fight political corruption and run the state with a business touch, was the biggest benefactor of this shift despite being part of the outgoing cabinet with Sobotka’s Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats.