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Tough talks for victorious Polish centre-right parties

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Tough talks for victorious Polish centre-right parties


Poland’s centre right parties are celebrating a crushing defeat of the ruling left in yesterday’s election. Exit polls indicate the Law and Justice and Civic Platorm parties will form the next government.

They face tough negotiations, however, as both sides remain split over the economy. Law and Justice leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is expected to become the next prime minister. “We won as a party, but more importantly, we won as a programme, as a certain idea for Poland,” he said. The two sides grew out of the Solidarity movement which spearheaded the drive against communism in Poland. Both promise to create more jobs, lower taxes and crack down on corruption that tainted the current government. Civic Platform’s leader, Jan Rokita, said it was up to the Law and Justice leaders to appoint a prime minister and form a government. Estimates give Law and Justice almost 28 percent of the vote with Civic Platform on around 24. The ruling Democratic Left Alliance took just 11 percent. The two centre-right parites are set for an enormous majority in parliament making it easy to push through their reform programme. President Aleksander Kwasniewski lamented the low turnout which he said appeared to be around 38 percent. Poland has a presidential election on October 9th but Kwasniewski is ineligible to stand down for a third term. Analysts believe the contest will again be between the Law and Justice and Civic Platform candidates.
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