Poland: Opinion poll on Polish election results: Donald Tusk wins on the back of hopes for a coalition government
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Former Polish Prime Minister and European Council President Donald Tusk declared victory in Poland’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, minutes after voting ended based on exit poll results.
Opinion polls suggested the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won the most votes, but Tusk’s opposition coalition appears to be on track to take power.
PiS, which has ruled Poland for eight years, has turned public television into a government propaganda arm, restricted abortion rights and demonized LGBTQ+ people, immigrants and refugees. Poland also clashed with Brussels over rule of law issues, which led to the freezing of tens of billions of euros in European funds.
Mr. Tusk appeared on stage at the Civic Union election headquarters in the Warsaw Ethnographic Museum to announce his victory.
“It’s the end of the evil era, the end of PiS’s rule, we’ve done it,” Tusk said to the cheers of his supporters.
“We won democracy, we won freedom, we won a free and beloved Poland…This day will be remembered in history as a glorious day of Poland’s rebirth.”