Polish opposition in poll victory
Exit polls show big win for Donald Tusk's Civic Platform in Sunday's vote.
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2007 22:51 GMT
Kaczynski, whose party won 31 per cent compared to Civic Platform's 44 per cent, conceded defeat [AFP]
Poland's opposition Civic Platform has defeated the ruling conservatives of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski in parliamentary election, two exit polls show.
The Civic Platform party is led by pro-business Donald Tusk.
Kaczynski conceded defeat, admitting before supporters "we didnt manage it".
The Civic Platform, a centre-right party promising lower taxes and closer ties with Poland's European Union partners, won 44 per cent of Sunday's vote and will have a majority of seats in the 460-member lower house.
Kaczynski's Law and Justice won 31 per cent of the vote.
Turnout, at more than 55 per cent, was the highest since Poles voted to end communism in 1989.

Blow for twins

The election was called two years early after Jaroslaw Kaczynski's last coalition collapsed amid acrimony over a corruption investigation.

Lech Kaczynski, the president and Jaroslaw's twin brother, does not face an election until 2010 and has the power to veto legislation.

The Civic Platform's victory over the ruling Law and Justice party appeared to be a rejection of two years of turbulent rule by the nationalist twins in the European Union's biggest former communist country.

The Platform is favoured by financial markets, which expect reforms such as tax cuts and privatisation that would also help the country of 38 million towards adopting the euro currency.

The Platform has said it would seek to pull Polish troops out of the US-led force in Iraq, but does not oppose Washington's plan to put installations for its controversial missile shield in Poland.

Full results are expected on Tuesday. Exit polls tend to be a fair reflection of the eventual result.

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