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POLISH ELECTIONS/ Anticlericalism rising in Catholic Poland

Donato Di Gilio comments on the situation in Poland. With the election results in, what will change and what will stay the same? What are the consequences for Poland?

Janusz Palikot celebrates the election results   (photo ANSA) Janusz Palikot celebrates the election results (photo ANSA)

Now the results are certain, but already with the early exit polls it was clear what the outcome would have been. That outcome has now been officially confirmed.

Donald Tusk’s party, Civic Platform, won the elections with 39.18% of the vote and will have 207 seats, followed by Law and Justice with 29.89% of the vote and 157 seats, Palikot’s Movement with 10.02% and 40 seats, the Polish People’s Party PSL with 8.36% and 28 seats and, finally, the heirs of the old Communist Party, the Democratic Left Alliance SLD with 8.24% and 27 seats.

Not much has changed from the point of view of political balance, and it is highly likely that there will be another Civic Platform-PSL coalition that will govern the country for the next 4 years.

The outgoing Prime Minister said that he "already has an image of the government in mind," as he is sure to be appointed by President Komorowski to form the new government in the next few days. "This is the result of the logic of democratic mechanisms”, said President Bronislaw Komorowski himself, and he did not hide his satisfaction about the outcome of the election because, as he stated, the victory concerned his friends.

Many ministers of the previous department have a good chance of being re-appointed among whom are Minister of Finance Jacek Rostkowski, Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister of Regional Development and manager of a big part of the European Funds for Poland Elzbieta Bienkowski, as well as Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education.

People are already speaking of the possibility of a new Ministry of Digitization headed by Michal Boni, chief adviser to Prime Minister Tusk, and they are expecting a change of the guard of the important (and not only for Poland but I would say for the entire European logistic network) Minister of Infrastructure and insistently talking of Grzegorsz Schetyna, the current speaker of the House of Representatives (Sejm).

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawla should be reconfirmed. He is also the leader of the PSL, which will probably be given some Minister and Vice-minister posts.