This is a BFD. Opposition parties appear to have won enough votes in Poland’s general election to oust the ruling right-wing populist Law and Justice (PiS) party, almost complete results show. Via BBC.com:
With more than 99% of votes counted, PiS led with 35.64%, while Donald Tusk’s liberal Civic Coalition party had 30.48%.
But Mr Tusk is now most likely to be able to form a broad coalition.
That would end eight years of rule under PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
The National Electoral Commission will give the final result on Tuesday. Although the winning party is expected to be offered the chance to form a government, Mr Kaczynski will fall well short of the 231 seats he needs to form a majority parliament, the Sejm.
Yes, a country that’s been trending authoritarian for years has now turned back toward democracy.
“This is the end of the bad times, this is the end of the PiS government,” Donald Tusk declared on Sunday night.
The opposition had already warned Poles it was their “last chance” to save democracy. The National Election Commission put the turnout at 74% , the highest since the fall of communism in 1989.