Commentators say it was a vote against social conservatism and isolationism. The centre-right Civic Platform party in Poland is celebrating its win after a weekend election. Led by Donald Tusk, the party managed to defeat the conservative Law and Justice Party of the incumbent Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Tusk is promising to steer Poland closer to the European Union.
He said: “For many, many weeks we have convinced Poles that life in Poland may be much better, that Poles deserve a decent and good government. That Poles deserve a better life.”
However, after the counting of 90 percent of the votes, Civic Platform does not have an outright majority of seats in parliament. Some reports say it is likely to form a coalition with the Peasants Party, which came fourth in terms of the number of seats. Tusk is tipped to be the new next prime minister.
The result is a blow to Kaczynski, who was often accused of being too nationalist. He says he has no regrets: “We’ve been stopped. In fact, we stopped ourselves, because we may’ve been able to stay in power if we’d broken with our principles,” he said. “This could’ve been easy, maybe I will write about it some day. But we didn’t break the rules and we are not sorry about it. Because you should never break with principles.”