Exit polls suggest that Poland’s main opposition party has wrested control of the country’s capital from the ruling Law and Justice Party. Liberal candidate Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz of the Civic Platform party is set to become the next Mayor of Warsaw, in what is being billed as a significant symbolic victory. The 54-year-old is reported to have polled at least 52.8 percent of the votes in the second round of the country’s local elections. Success in the poll became much more likely for the opposition after the centre-left rallied behind them to offer support.
The polls show that incumbent Mayor and former Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkievicz of the ruling Law and Justice Party has at least 47.2 percent. The loss of the Polish capital in the local elections would signify a deepening of the crisis faced by Law and Justice, led by the twin Kaczynski brothers. The party made gains in local and rural areas in the recent elections but was beaten by the Liberals in most of Poland’s cities, except for Lodz, the second largest.