Czech government to face no-confidence vote over PM scandal

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018 file photo Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis waits in front of his residency in Prague, Czech Republic. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, the office of Czech Prosecutor General says authorities are investigating allegations that the son of Prime Minister Andrej Babis was kept abroad by his father's collaborator in a case of an alleged fraud charges involving EU subsidies the premier faces. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, file)

PRAGUE (AP) — The coalition government of the Czech prime minister will face a no-confidence vote proposed by the opposition amid allegations that Andrej Babis’ son was deliberately kept abroad to avoid being questioned about the leader’s fraud charges.

Babis said Tuesday that his son, who now lives in Switzerland, went to Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, on his own will. But online news portal Seznam News said Andrej Babis Jnr. told its reporters he had been taken there involuntarily.

Babis and his family are wanted for questioning over accusations that he misused EU subsidies for a farm he transferred to his family members, including his son.

The date for the vote has not yet been set.

Babis’ coalition partners, the Social Democrats have demanded explanations.

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