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Vote: Communist Party collapses

CZECH REPUBLIC: The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) promised a “comprehensive analysis” yesterday after its collapse in the weekend’s elections.

Billionaire Andrej Babis, who was sacked as finance minister and deputy PM in May, looked set to become prime minister after his supposedly anti-Establishment Yes party gained almost 30 per cent of the vote — almost three times its nearest rival.

The KSCM acknowledged the “electoral failure” for the left after it slumped from third place in 2013 to fifth, going from 33 MPs to 15.

Buddhists protest Rohingya return

MYANMAR: Hundreds of Buddhist hardliners protested yesterday against government plans to repatriate almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled fighting in Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August.

De-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government agreed earlier this month to form a joint working group to repatriate the refugees.

Protest organiser Aung Htay said: “These people don’t have the right to be citizens … the government’s plan for a conflict-free zone will never be implemented.”

11 killed in fresh ethnic violence

ETHIOPIA: Eleven people were killed in fresh anti-government rioting in the Oromia and Amhara regions last week, authorities said yesterday.

Oromia regional government spokesman Addis Arega blamed the violence on “bodies that are trying to sabotage the peace building process that we are embarking on.”

Ethnic violence in recent weeks has led to dozens of Oromo deaths and the displacement of tens of thousands of people.

Isis fighters confined to single building

PHILIPPINES: The last handful of Isis-affiliated extremists were surrounded in a single building in the southern city of Marawi yesterday.

Colonel Romeo Brawner said troops aimed to end the five-month battle for the city by midnight, and were urging the last 30 Islamist terrorists to surrender.