Conservatives command majority in Polish Parliament

The Polish Electoral Commission. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

The Polish Electoral Commission. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

The conservative Law and Justice (PiS), which was in opposition for the last eight years, won 235 seats in the 460-seat lower house of Parliament, giving it a majority in the House.

The ruling Civic Platform, which was defeated by 13 percentage points (37.6 to 24.1 per cent of the vote) will be the largest opposition grouping, with 138 seats.
Kukiz’15 of rock-musician Pawel Kukiz has 42 seats, Nowoczesna, formed by the economist Ryszard Petru – 28, and the Polish People’s Party – 16 seats.
According to the Polish electoral system, one seat goes to a representative of the German minority in Poland.
The result of the election marks the biggest victory for a single party since the collapse of communism in 1989.
Never in the past was a winning party able to govern alone.
The State Electoral Commission has announced that the turnout in Sunday’s elections was 50.92 per cent. (mk/rg/rk)

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