Polish PM wins second term

Ruling party led by Donald Tusk registers impressive win in Sunday’s vote, securing 206 parliamentary seats.

Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform becomes the first Polish party to win two consecutive terms since 1989 [Reuters]

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s centrist party has won a second consecutive term following parliamentary elections held on Sunday.

A count of 99.2 percent of all districts shows that Tusk’s pro-marke Civic Platform won 39.2 per cent of the vote, against 30 per cent for its conservative challenger, the Law and Justice Party.

Civic Platform becomes the first Polish party to win two consecutive terms since communism’s fall in 1989.

Tusk, 54, appears to have been rewarded for presiding over four years of strong economic growth, as Poland has been the only EU member state to avoid recession, and this year its economy is forecast to grow by about 4 per cent, the highest rate among the EU’s seven largest economies.

The electoral commission said Civic Platform’s 39 per cent would turn into 206 seats in the 460 member lower chamber, with its junior partner, the People’s Party, winning 8.6 per cent of the vote, or 30 seats.

Both parties would hold a five-vote majority in the lower house of parliament if they continue their partnership.

Coalition talks

Tusk said he would work on forming a coalition and that his party will continue to favour a coalition with the Polish People’s Party.

The leader of the Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski admitted defeat after his party won 157 seats.

Jaroslaw had served as prime minister from 2005 to 2007, with his twin brother, Lech, as president. Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash with 95 others in April 2010.

Source: News Agencies


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