Poland: President’s party wins local elections

The Polish president’s party, the Civic Platform (PO), has won the local elections in Poland last Sunday.

The formation led by prime minister Donald Tusk gained a relative majority of votes in 13 out of 16 voivodship assemblies, coming in second place in two of the remaining and third in only one (in the latter, its coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL), received nearly twice as many votes). Furthermore, the Civic Platform also managed to win the race for the mayors of Warsaw, Wrocław and Katowice in the first round, being well-positioned for winning even more in run-off elections in two weeks.

The results are seen as continuous support for the incumbent government and the president, pointing to a re-election of the government (the first re-election of a Polish government since the fall of Communism) in the general election next October. The nationalist-conservative ‘Law and Justice’ party (PiS) led by president Komorowski’s former contestant in the presidential race, Jarosław Kaczyński, lost nearly half its electorate. As the left-liberal Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) significantly improved its previous results, scenarios of a PO-SLD coalition after the next elections are becoming more likely.

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