Czech PM to face no-confidence vote over subsidy scandal

Czech PM to face no-confidence vote over subsidy scandal
Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis takes part in a news conference with North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after their meeting at the government building in Skopje, North Macedonia, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Prime Minister Babis arrived Tuesday in an one day official visit to North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech coalition government led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis will face a parliamentary no-confidence vote over European Union subsidies paid to his former business empire.

A preliminary EU report concluded the subsidies amounted to a conflict of interest because he still formally controls the businesses.

Five opposition parties announced Tuesday they have requested a vote, expected to take place next week.

Babis’ centrist ANO (YES) movement is in a minority government with the leftist Social Democrats with support from the Communist Party.

Protesters have staged massive demonstrations demanding the resignation of Babis and his justice minister.

Babis denies wrongdoing. Prosecutors are also looking into whether to indict Babis over alleged fraud involving EU funds in a separate case.