First reactions to exit poll results: Kaczyński plays waiting game, Tusk and Third Way celebrating

The parties reacted immediately to the exit poll, which showed the opposition having a majority of seats in parliament, even though the conservative PiS (Law and Justice) party won the most votes in the election and will be the largest party in parliament

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: polsatnews.pl/tvp.info
Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski greets his supporters in Warsaw, Poland on election night Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023.The result saw PiS lose power. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

According to Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling party, this was the fourth time his party topped the polls in a parliamentary election and the third in a row, which was a “great success.”

He went on to say that it was too early to know whether the result would enable the party to continue in office, but he promised that whatever happened, PiS would not allow for “Poland to be betrayed” and would do everything it could for its program for Poland to be continued. 

In a hint that he expected the formation of the new government would not be as straightforward as some believed, he added that his party and Poland now faced “days of tension and fighting” and urged the party faithful to wait for events to unfold.

The leader of the Civic Coalition, Donald Tusk, while speaking to his followers on election night, said that he had never been happier at coming second, because the overall result meant that “we have removed them (PiS) from office.”

He said he hoped that because of the high turnout, the result might be “even better” for his party and the opposition as a whole. He said he was certain that this was “the end of PiS rule” and, in advance of the government coalition forming, he thanked the leaders of the Third Way alliance and the Left for their efforts.

One of the leaders of Third Way, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, claimed that without the result of his electoral alliance, there would have been no opposition victory. His partner in the alliance, Szymon Hołownia, said that the election result marked “the end of rows and giveaways and the beginning of cooperation and investing in our future” with Third Way as the “anchor for democracy” in Poland. 

Sławomir Mentzen, one of the leaders of the Confederation party, admitted that his party had failed to turn the tables on the establishment and that the election result was a defeat for the party. 

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