The Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his ruling ANO party have narrowly lost their bid for re-election, according to the Czech Statistics Office.
With 100% of votes counted, ANO won 27.1% of the vote, which was not enough to beat Together, a liberal-conservative three-party coalition, which captured 27.8% of the vote. The liberal Pirates/Mayors coalition PirStan took 15.6%.
The winning coaliton of parties belong to the party families of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), and the European People’s Party (EPP). The party of mayors also belong to the EPP.
Both coalition groups have said they will not work with Mr Babis, BBC reports. Ivan Bartos of the Pirates/Mayors coalition has said the opposition will begin talks on forming a government.