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Poland’s opposition parties win Senate elections: officials

17.10.2023 11:00
Poland’s three main opposition parties, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the centre-right Third Way alliance and the New Left party, have won 66 seats in the country’s 100-seat Senate (upper house of parliament), a clear majority over the ruling conservatives Law and Justice (PiS), in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, the National Electoral Commission (PKW) has said.
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The PKW announced the results of the race for the Senate on Tuesday morning, with 99.92% of the ballots counted, the Business Insider website reported.

Law and Justice came first with 34.87% of the vote, translating into 34 seats in the Senate, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Meanwhile, the Civic Coalition garnered 28.85% of the vote, winning 41 seats in the Senate, the Third Way received 11.56% of the vote and will have 11 senators, while the New Left won 5.28% of the vote and nine seats in the upper house, Business Insider reported.

Five more opposition candidates also won seats in the Senate, according to the PKW.

Polish voters went to the ballot box on Sunday to choose 460 MPs and 100 senators for a four-year term.

Poland’s ruling conservatives have won the country’s parliamentary election, but will not be able to muster a majority in the new parliament, paving the way for the opposition to take power, according to provisional data announced by electoral officials on Monday.

In the 2019 parliamentary elections, the opposition won a slight majority in the Senate, while the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party maintained control of the lower chamber of parliament, the PAP news agency reported.

The National Electoral Commission was expected to release the final results of the 2023 vote by noon on Tuesday.


Source: PAP, Business Insider