Polish Elections

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2007-11-12 10:23:58 / News read 3284 reading
Poland's opposition parties have won the parliamentary elections.

With nearly 91 percent of the votes counted Monday, the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) took 41.6 percent of the vote, or 208 seats in the lower house of parliament (Sejm), according to Poland's National Electoral Commission. Civic Platform joined with the smaller Polish Presence Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe), which won 8.8 percent, or 35 seats.

Unfortunatelly for women - their presence in a public life shrinks - all women senators in a lower house of parliament consist of 19,7% and in the higher house of parlament (Senate) women achieved the lowest representation since 1989 - only 8%! [Note by Zofia Lapniewska]

It was a bigger-than-expected win for the opposition in Sunday's vote, which registered the largest voter turnout since the fall of communism in 1989.

The Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc) - led by Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who has run the country with twin brother President Lech Kaczynski since 2005 - took 32 percent of the vote, or 164 seats, forcing the premier to concede defeat.(...)

The brothers are strong U.S. allies who kept Polish troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped push for the U.S. missile shield site to go to Poland.

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