Polish PiS ahead but opposition eyes majority in election, exit poll shows

Polish PiS ahead but opposition eyes majority in election, exit poll shows

Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party was narrowly ahead in Sunday’s general election, according to exit polls. However, the liberal opposition is projected to secure a majority, potentially ending eight years of nationalist rule. The exit poll by Ipsos showed PiS with 36.8% of the vote, which would give them 200 lawmakers in the 460-seat parliament. The opposition parties, led by the liberal Civic Coalition (KO), are expected to win a combined 248 seats, with the KO receiving 31.6% of the ballots. Official results will be announced later on Sunday.

KO leader Donald Tusk, a former European Council president, has promised to improve Warsaw’s relations with Brussels, which have been strained under PiS due to conflicts over issues such as judicial independence, LGBT rights, and migration. Tusk expressed his optimism about the election results, stating, “Democracy has won… This is the end of the PiS government.”

The European Union and the United States have been closely monitoring the election due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the migrant crisis. Both PiS and the mainstream opposition support Poland’s role in providing military and logistical support to Kyiv. If the official results confirm the exit poll, Tusk and his allies may have to wait weeks or even months before they can form a government. President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally, has indicated that he would give the winning party the first opportunity to form a government, suggesting that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would have the initial chance. However, with the far-right Confederation performing below expectations, Morawiecki may struggle to find obvious allies.

The election saw a record turnout, reflecting growing discontent in Poland. Critics argue that PiS has eroded basic checks and balances and deeply polarized the country. PiS framed the election as a choice between security from unrestricted migration, which they claim their opponents support, and preserving Poland’s Catholic character against Western influences. The turnout appeared to be the highest since the fall of communism in 1989, with many voters from Warsaw traveling to PiS-supporting villages to cast their votes. Long queues were observed outside some polling stations even after the election had ended.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski addressed party officials at the headquarters in Warsaw, acknowledging that it is uncertain whether their showing in the election will result in a new term in office. He emphasized the importance of continuing their project, regardless of being in power or opposition, and ensuring that Poland retains the right to determine its own fate. PiS denies allegations of eroding democratic standards and argues that their reforms aim to create a fairer country and economy while eliminating remnants of communism. They have gained support through social welfare programs and a promise of greater independence from Brussels.

In conclusion, the general election in Poland has shown a narrow lead for the incumbent PiS party, but the liberal opposition is projected to secure a majority. The official results are yet to be announced. The election has significant implications for Poland’s relations with the European Union and the United States, as well as its domestic policies and democratic standards.

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