News from Poland
The Election Result!
Jaroslaw Kaczynski on the cover of his book ‘Polska naszych marzen’ (The Poland of our Dreams).
After weeks of speculation the opinion polls have been proved right with the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party winning a majority in yesterday’s parliamentary election.
The broadly eurosceptic popularist party is presided over by the former-Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of late President Lech Kaczynski. The probable new Prime Minister will be Beata Szydlo.
Elections promises included: opposition to closer EU ties; a lowering of the state retirement age; higher tax on banks and supermarkets; and help for small business.
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According to the National Electoral Commission, Andrzej Duda, a 43-year-old former lawyer, backed by the right-wing Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość / PiS) party, has won the election to become President of Poland. Duda received 51.55% of the vote in yesterday’s presidential election with the incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, allied to the ruling centrist Civic Platform (PO), receiving 48.45% of votes cast. Turnout for this second round of elections between Duda and Komorowski was 55.34%.
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A political poster on a notice board outside a church in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland, May 2015.
In the first round of the Polish elections for President of Poland two candidates gained enough support to ensure a second vote later this month. Andrzej Duda from the opposition Law and Justice party gained the most votes with 34.76 per cent of the votes. Second place went to incumbent president and former P.O ‘Civic Platform’ politician, Bronislaw Komorowski, who received 33.77 percent of the votes. While, singer and activist, Pawel Kukiz came in third place with just over 20% of the votes cast in this first round of the elections. In general, Komorowski, proved most popular with voters in the western provinces of Poland, Duda in the east of the country, and Kukiz was favoured most by younger voters.
Komorowski and Duda will go through to the second round of the elections on 24 May 2015.