Exit polls suggest Poland’s conservative government has retained its parliamentary majority, allowing it to forge ahead with a controversial program of reforms that has put the country on a collision course with the EU. Polls released just seconds after voting stopped put the ruling Law and Justice party on 43.6 per cent of the vote, which would give the party 239 seats in the Polish lower house, slightly more than the 231 required for a majority. “We have a reason to be happy,” Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the party’s leader, told an overjoyed crowd of supporters just minutes after the exit polls became public. “Despite being opposed by a powerful force we won and everything indicates we will continue to win. And if it does continue, there will be good changes.” Civic Coalition, the main opposition group, took 27.4 per cent of the vote according to the polls. There is also a chance that the Confederation, a far-right alliance that has faced accusations of anti-Semitism and racism, could make it past the five per-cent threshold needed to take seats in parliament. A victory for Law and Justice will lend the government the momentum to push ahead with a program that it says will make Poland… Read full this story
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