Polish eurosceptic conservatives win poll

  • 26/10/2015
Jaroslaw Kaczynski (Reuters)
Jaroslaw Kaczynski (Reuters)

Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, led by eurosceptic Jaroslaw Kaczynski, won an absolute majority in general elections, public broadcaster TVP projected, a victory ending eight years of centrist rule.

An exit poll showed the PiS picked up 242 out of 460 seats in the lower house of parliament, ousting the governing Civic Platform (PO) liberals who had 133 seats.

Kaczynski declared victory, and his first step was to pay tribute to his twin bother, the late president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a 2010 jet crash in Smolensk, western Russia.

"Without him, we wouldn't be here today. His spirit is stronger than his body. We must keep his memory alive," Kaczynski said, also recalling scores of Polish statesmen who perished in the crash.

"This is the first time in the history of Polish democracy that a single party has scored a majority," he added.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz conceded defeat.

"We didn't waste the last eight years," Kopacz told PO members at her campaign headquarters in Warsaw.

"Poland is a country that has made economic progress; unemployment is down to single-digits. This is the Poland we leave to the election winners."

Leftist parties were voted out of parliament for the first time since the advent of democracy after the collapse of communism in 1989.