Czech PM Sobotka holds on to party leadership 

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, facing an uphill battle to win a parliamentary election this year, stepped up attacks on his ruling coalition rival on Friday. Sobotka’s Social Democrats have lost ground to the ANO movement led by billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis. To regain voters, the leftist prime minister is focusing his party back to defense of social policies and the working class while raising taxes on big businesses and the rich. “We are a pillar for normal working people in this country,” Sobotka told a national party convention before going on to regain its chairmanship with 67 percent of delegates’ votes. “Babis is not a socially sensitive billionaire. He is a man who does not like democracy,” he added. Babis reacted to Sobotka’s comments by asking how the two could have sat together in government.

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