On 16 January, ANO 2011 (ANO), led by Andrej Babiš, failed to secure a vote of confidence, winning only 78 votes in the 200-seat parliament, equal to the number of seats ANO gained in the October 2017 parliamentary election.
Other parties, apart from the left-wing Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (Komunistická Strana Čech a Moravy: KSCM), so far refuse to support Babiš as prime minister due to his facing pending fraud charges; Babiš denies any wrongdoing. President Miloš Zeman has pledged to offer Babiš a second chance to form a government, provided he secures 101 signatures of support from members of parliament prior to starting the process.
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