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Poland: Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party win majority in parliamentary elections02:11

Poland: Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party win majority in parliamentary elections

Poland, Warsaw
October 25, 2015 at 21:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

The right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party won an absolute majority in Poland's parliamentary elections, Sunday, with the Eurosceptic group's Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Prime Ministerial candidate Beata Szydło giving victory speeches in Warsaw.

According to exit polls, PiS garnered 39.1 percent of the vote, giving it 242 of the potential 460 seats in Polish parliament, granting them an absolute majority. The polls placed Kaczynski party over 15 percent ahead of the current ruling party Civic Platform (PO) who gained 23.4 percent.

PiS is opposed to Poland joining the eurozone and is highly sceptical of the European Union (EU). The party also believes in a strong NATO presence in Poland to combat perceived Russian aggression from the east. With a strong anti-immigration message, the party gained an electoral boost as a result of the influx of refugees and migrants into Europe in recent months. In May, the party achieved victory in the Polish presidential election when Andrzej Duda was voted in ahead of now former-president Bronislaw Komorowski.

Poland: Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party win majority in parliamentary elections02:11
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The right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party won an absolute majority in Poland's parliamentary elections, Sunday, with the Eurosceptic group's Chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Prime Ministerial candidate Beata Szydło giving victory speeches in Warsaw.

According to exit polls, PiS garnered 39.1 percent of the vote, giving it 242 of the potential 460 seats in Polish parliament, granting them an absolute majority. The polls placed Kaczynski party over 15 percent ahead of the current ruling party Civic Platform (PO) who gained 23.4 percent.

PiS is opposed to Poland joining the eurozone and is highly sceptical of the European Union (EU). The party also believes in a strong NATO presence in Poland to combat perceived Russian aggression from the east. With a strong anti-immigration message, the party gained an electoral boost as a result of the influx of refugees and migrants into Europe in recent months. In May, the party achieved victory in the Polish presidential election when Andrzej Duda was voted in ahead of now former-president Bronislaw Komorowski.