Czech coalition weakens over police reforms

Czech Finance Minister and ANO chairman Andrej Babis delivers a speech on March 23, 2016 in the Czech Parliament in PragueThe Czech centre-left coalition weakened Friday as a popular junior partner threatened to quit over a planned police reform, raising the spectre of an early election more than a year ahead of schedule. The centrist ANO party led by billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis blasted a controversial proposed reform that would merge police units fighting economic and organised crime. The Czech Republic’s second richest man argues the move would make it more difficult to fight rampant corruption in the EU country of 10.5 million people.

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