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Official election results: PO 39.2%, PiS 29.9%


2011-10-11



The ruling Civic Platform (PO) party decisively won the parliamentary elections on 9 October with 39.2% of the votes cast, according to official data from the National Electoral Commission (PKW). This translates into 207 seats in the new Sejm, the lower house of Parliament. The result makes the Civic Platform the first governing party since Poland’s transition to democracy in 1989 to win two consecutive elections.

The main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party came a distant second with 29.9% of the vote and 157 seats.

The PO’s junior coalition partner, the Polish Peasants’ Party (PSL), got 8.4% and 28 seats. The two parties will thus control 235 of seats in the newly-elected Sejm, a majority of five, and are expected to continue to rule in coalition under Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Although a major cabinet reshuffle is likely, Mr. Tusk signalled that the government would remain largely intact until the end of December, when Poland completes its presidency of the European Union.

Two other parties cleared the 5% threshold needed to gain seats in the Sejm: the Palikot Movement (RP), a new pro-market party set up by former PO politician Janusz Palikot, which delivered the biggest surprise of the election by winning 10% of the vote and 40 seats; and the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) on 8.2% (27 seats).

The PO will also enjoy a comfortable majority in the Senate, with 63 seats to the Law and Justice’s 31. The PSL will have two senators.

Voter turnout was 48.9%, lower than four years ago but respectable by Polish standards.



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