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Polish opposition party sweeps parliamentary polls

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Oct 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Warsaw, October 27: According to the exit polls, the main opposition party Law and Justice has got an absolute majority in the Polish parliamentary elections held on Sunday. The party headed by former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has maged to get 39 percent of the votes polled and it has trounced the ruling Civic Platform which has been ruling the country since 2007 by a clear margin of 16 percent.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz has conceded the defeat and said,”The voters have punished us for our failures to come up to their standard. But in a democracy defeats and victories are part and parcel of the game. We will play our appropriate role of a main opposition party in the parliament.”

Meanwhile, Law and Justice party has already nomited Beata Szydlo as its candidate for the prime minister post. An unknown figure till recently Szydlo was the chief campaign mager of the recently-elected President Andrzej Duda.

For the first time in the Polish parliamentary election since 1989 women have domited the election. Apart from Kopacz and Szydlo, the leftist front which failed to get the required eight percent vote, is headed by another lady, a computer programmer Barbara Nowacka.

It seems unpopular party barons have pushed women forward to capitalise on weariness with a male domited political culture that has been defined by infighting drinking parties and scandals. Women with their power, somehow, have gained more sympathy and humility in an atmosphere of otherwise abusive politics of Poland. (IANS)

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