EU vote: Polish conservative leader hails best result since 1989
PR dla Zagranicy
The leader of Poland’s ruling conservatives has said his grouping won Sunday’s European Parliament ballot with the best showing for any party in any elections in the country since the collapse of communism in 1989.
The governing Law and Justice (PiS) party garnered 45.38 percent of the vote, while its arch-rival, the European Coalition alliance of opposition parties, scored 38.47 percent, election officials announced on Monday.
Sunday’s vote was a key test for Poland’s political parties ahead of national parliamentary elections in the autumn. Turnout was a record 45.68 percent.
Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński said on Monday: "This is the best result gained by any party after 1989 in any type of elections. No one has ever gained more than 45 percent."
After an exit poll on Sunday evening showed that PiS had won, Kaczyński said the real test for his party would come in a national parliamentary election later this year.
Poles went to the ballot box to choose 52 deputies to the European Parliament, the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union, which their country joined in 2004.
Six former prime ministers are among the new set of Polish MEPs elected.