In Poland, voters chose Donald Tusk’s pro-Europeans, a slap in the face to the nationalist populists in power.
In Poland, the suspense is ending, which is good news for pro-Europeans. According to opinion polls, the centrist opposition has secured a majority in the assembly elections held this Sunday. The ruling nationalist populists, Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), and the far right were defeated.
Immediately after the polls were released, pro-Polish European opposition leader Donald Tusk said:
“Poland won, democracy won, we kicked them out of power (…) It’s the end of this bad period, it’s the end of PiS’s rule.”
Three centrist opposition parties, Donald Tusk’s Citizens’ Coalition (KO), Third Way Christian Democrats and the Left combined to win 248 seats in the 460-member parliament, PiS. and the Federation (Far Right) got 212 seats. , according to initial predictions.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the Law and Justice Party, acknowledged the outcome was uncertain.
He told supporters gathered at his headquarters that his party’s result, which won almost 37 percent of the vote according to exit polls, was a huge victory, but admitted he could not retain power.
“The question before us is whether this victory will become the new mandate of our government, we don’t know yet. But we have to be confident, whether we are in power or opposition, we will implement this plan. In a different way,” he said. Kaczynski said.
The exit poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
The counting of votes is still going on and the state election commission is hopeful that the final results will be out by Tuesday morning.
Additional resources • AFP, AP
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