The main opposition party is set to take power in Poland, with exit polls showing it’s won the parliamentary elections. Supporters of Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform Group had to wait three hours longer than expected after a shortage of ballot papers in some polling stations prolonged the vote count. But when the projected results were finally issued, it was well worth the wait.
A party spokesman has said the Civic Platform will nominate Tusk for the post of Prime Minister, to replace the out-going Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
In his victory speech, Tusk said: “We stood so that everybody, without exception, could feel comfortable in their homes, in their country. Those seeking happiness and satisfaction outside of Poland can believe that one day they can return home and that in this house, order will reign.”
Tusk paid tribute to Lech Walesa, the iconic unionist of the Gdansk shipyard, by using his words:
“Dear people, we have fought, we have won but starting from tomorrow we are going to work because Poland needs our work.”
Tusk has promised to repair relations with Poland’s EU partners, particularly Germany, and his party has said it will push for adoption of the Euro by 2013.