15 Oct, 2019

Important victory in the Senate for Polish opposition

On 13 October, Polish citizens went to the polls and elected the new members of the Polish Parliament (Sjem) and the Senate.

In these elections, the main opposition parties – including ALDE Party member Nowoczesna – formed an electoral alliance called the Civic Coalition to defeat the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS).

While PiS obtained 43.6% of the vote securing 235 seats in the Sjem, the Civic Coalition came second with 27.4%, which translates into 134 seats. Eight of these seats will go to Nowoczesna candidates, including party leader Katarzyna Lubnauer.

However, in these elections, the opposition parties won 51 out of 100 seats in the Senate while PiS only secured 49 seats.

The new attribution of seats in the Senate might hinder the agenda of PiS, as it will be more difficult to adopt bills and to nominate officials to key posts.

On the opposition win of the Senate, Katarzyna Lubnauer commented: “Senate won back. Thanks to the agreement of opposition parties, the opposition will have the majority in the Senate.

Full results can be found here.



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