June 6, 2018 / 12:40 PM / 8 months ago

Czech president appoints Andrej Babis as prime minister for second time

Andrej Babis arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Andrej Babis as prime minister for a second time on Wednesday, giving him a new chance on forming a government to end a long political stalemate.

Babis, whose ANO party was the runaway winner of an election last October but lacks a majority, has been ruling in a caretaker capacity since January when his one-party minority cabinet lost a confidence vote in the lower house.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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