Exit polls show that the opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) won the Polish parliamentary elections with 37.7 percent of votes. If the result is confirmed, it would make PiS the first single party to secure a majority in a democratic election in Poland.
The conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) won Sunday’s (25.10.15) parliamentary elections in Poland with 37.7 percent of the votes, giving the party enough seats to form a government without coalition.
PiS, which is led by Euro-sceptic Jaroslaw Kaczynski, will take up 232 out of 460 seats in the lower house while Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz’s Civic Platform received 23.6 percent of votes or 137 seats.
Exit polls show only three other parties to make it into parliament, one led by rock star Pawel Kukiz, a new pro-business party Modern Poland and the Polish Peasants Party. For the first time since the collapse of communism in 1989, leftist parties were voted out of parliament. United Left received only 7.5% of votes and failed to reach the 8% threshold for coalitions.
The results come despite eight years of economic growth and political stability under the centrist and pro-market Civic Platform. The party helped Poland through the 2008 financial crisis with positive growth.
– “We didn’t waste the last eight years,” Kopacz said in a statement made to supporters. “Poland is a country that has made economic progress, unemployment is down to single-digits. This is the Poland we leave to the election winners.”