Czech ANO party leads, far-right gains ahead of election: Median poll

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Posted: Oct 16, 2017 7:19 AM

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Support for billionaire Andrej Babis's ANO party dipped ahead of a Czech parliamentary election on Oct. 20-21, but it maintained a double-digit lead over its closest rival and remained favorite to lead the next government, the final poll by the Median agency showed on Monday.

ANO, running on a platform to fight against corruption in traditional parties and efficient management, had 25 percent support in the model by Median, based on a survey conducted in the first half of October, down from 27 percent in September.

The centre-left Social Democrats of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka were second with 12.5 percent, down 1 percentage point, followed by the far-left Communists with 10.5 percent.

Eight parties would cross the 5-percent threshold to win parliamentary seats.

Two parties that have seen a jump late in the campaign were the far-right, anti-immigration and anti-EU Direct Democracy and Freedom Party (SPD) with 9.5 percent, and the Pirate Party which polled at 8.5 percent.

(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Jan Lopatka)