Poland right wing leads polls

Exit poll points to Beata Szydło becoming the country’s next prime minister as ruling party concedes defeat

Poland right wing leads polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

Poland has consolidated its rightwing shift on Sunday with exit polls showing voters giving an absolute majority in its parliamentary election to Law and Justice, a Eurosceptic party that is against immigration, wants family-focused welfare spending and has threatened to ban abortion and in-vitro fertilisation, reports The Guardian.

The current ruling party, Civic Platform, conceded defeat following the first exit poll, published by Ipsos moments after polling stations closed at 9pm, which gave the national conservative Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (Law and Justice party) 39.1% of the vote, putting it far ahead of Civic Platform on 23.4%.

Jarosław Kaczyński, Law and Justice’s chairman and the twin brother of Poland’s late president Lech, immediately declared victory. Speaking to supporters at his party headquarters in central Warsaw, a triumphant Kaczynski said: “We will not kick those who have fallen... We need to show that Polish public life can be different.”

If confirmed, the polling result would give Law and Justice 242 seats in the 460-member lower house of parliament, meaning the party could govern alone and that its lead candidate, 52-year-old Beata Szydło, is likely to be appointed prime minister.

Szydło has also campaigned against the EU forcing member states to accept a set number of refugees from the Middle East and north Africa.

 

 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ekim 2015, 09:35
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