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Tusk claims historic second term in Poland election

Tusk claims historic second term in Poland election
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Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s election victory has been described by one analyst as “the coming of age of democracy in Poland.”

The centre right leader has become the first Polish prime minister since the fall of communism in 1989 to win a second consecutive term.

Reports indicate that his Civic Platform party has 39 percent of the votes while the rival nationalist-conservative Law and Justice party trailed on 30 percent. All the results will be known by Tuesday evening.

“I was thinking that the Civic Platform will win because they didn’t make any major mistakes during their time in office, so everything in the polls suggested it would be the Civic Platform. I am moderately satisfied,” is how one voter in Warsaw, Slawomir Grabowicz summed up the election.

Projected figures give Tusk’s Civic Platform 206 seats in the lower house. The party’s ally, the rural based Peasants’ Party is on track for 30 seats, enough for the same coalition to rule again.

Tusk could also lure moderate members of the post communist Democratic Left Alliance whose leader is set to resign.

The election victory has been welcomed by financial markets.

The turn out at the polls raised concern among some commentators, about one in two eligible voters took part in the election.