Poland votes for change after nearly a decade spent sliding towards autocracy – but tricky coalition talks lie ahead for Donald Tusk

Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:33:13 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"People were seen queuing in long lines outside polling stations in what
appears to have been an election with record-breaking turnout (74.31%) in
Poland. Now it seems the right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) is on the way
out of government. Although PiS came away with the highest percentage of votes
(35.38%), a coalition of opposition parties looks more likely to end up in

The Civic Coalition (KO), an alliance of centre-right parties led by former
European Council president Donald Tusk, has secured 157 seats in parliament.
This itself is shy of the 231 needed to form a majority but combining with
Third Way, a centrist alliance which took 65 seats, and the New Left, which
took 26 seats, a government is possible.

PiS took 194 seats by itself but this is not enough to form a government alone
or in cooperation with the far-right Confederation (KON), which took just 18
seats. Even in an election not considered entirely fair, the party that has
ruled Poland since 2015 could no longer cling to power."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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