The election defeats suffered by the ruling party in smaller cities should be a worry. “As in the USA, elections are not won in New York and Los Angeles, but in Ohio or Pennsylvania,” writes Michał Kolanko in “Rzeczpospolita”.
Sunday’s second round of mayoral elections in Kraków, Gdańsk and Kielce produced no major surprises. According to exit polls in all three cities the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) candidates lost by a margin of almost 2-1.
The engagement of Polish citizens was lacking during Poland’s municipal elections. Adrian Stankowski draws attention to the civil phenomenon which had greatly influenced PiS’ victories in 2015 but was nowhere to be seen during the municipal elections.
Law and Justice chairman Jarosław Kaczyński declared that the PiS victory will lead to serious change in Poland. The PiS leader also underlined the need to equalize Poland’s GDP to Germany, if Poles are to have salaries as high as Germans.
The National Electoral Commission (PKW) has released official collective results of the Polish municipal elections. PiS won with a significant advantage, but the historic lines of divide between Poles are still visible.
In several Polish constituencies, the candidates running for mayor positions have been sentenced by courts. Sławomir Cedzyński of TVP Info analyses the political and legal consequences of this phenomenon.
Although Law and Justice (PiS) won the popular vote, the Civic Coalition (KO) will probably govern the regional councils (“sejmiks”). In an interview for TVP Info, political marketing expert, Dr. Sergiusz Trzeciak discusses how the local election results will translate into reality.
Lech Wałęsa went to vote in a “KONSTYTUCJA” (constitution) long-sleeve t-shirt, which was seen as a political manifesto. In his last interview before municipal elections in Poland Wałęsa declared that Law and Justice (PiS) is worse than Stalinism and Nazism.
According to late exit polls, Law and Justice (PiS) is in the lead, with the Civic Coalition (KO) in second and the surprisingly strong peasant party (PSL) third. The 2018 local elections saw the highest turnout in Polish history.
“There were hardships, but this road has led us to a Poland we could’ve only dreamed of.” The head of Gazeta Polska Codziennie Tomasz Sakiewicz outlines why the elections in 2015 were a peaceful revolution which changed Poland for the better and why this revolution needs to be continued in the upcoming election.
The main goal is to “catch up with the West, when it comes to the GDP per capita, when it comes to the standard of living and the functioning of state institutions,” said the PiS leader during his campaign speech in Otwock near Warsaw.
There is nationwide condemnation of Nazi style attacks on PiS by PO politicians. Grzegorz Schetyna, PO leader called PiS voters “locusts” and another PO politician posted a Goebbels-like poster on Twitter.
Law and Justice (PiS) has changed the local election into a plebiscite: for or against the “Good Change”. Piotr Zaremba warns that if PiS does not win enough local governments (“Sejmiks”), the opposition will crown themselves the winners.
Babis’s ANO party remains the most popular group in the country. It has won all regional capitals except two – Prague and Liberec. Right-wing Civic democratic Party (ODS) strengthened its position as well as the Pirate Party.
Donald Tusk expected to have a hero’s welcome in Kraków. Instead, only a handful of people went to greet him at the Main Square. The President of the European Council responded to the Polish PM’s jibe at Tusk not working enough during his terms as PM and “kicking the ball around” instead.
Jarosław Kaczyński, Law and Justice (PiS) leader declared his absolute trust for Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. “Morawiecki is destroying the VAT mafia just like a brave policeman from Chicago had destroyed Al Capone’s mafia,” says Kaczyński.
“There were no bigger liars in the history of the Third Polish Republic than Civic Platform (PO) politicians,” says Law and Justice (PiS) spokeswoman Beata Mazurek in defense of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Despite a damaged knee, Law and Justice (PiS) Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński is actively helping Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the campaign trail. Kaczyński’s operation is to take place after the elections, reports Super Express.
Grzegorz Schetyna unveils the new program of the Civic Coalition (KO) and is moving the opposition further to the political Left. Michał Kolanko analyzes the newest developments in Poland’s opposition camp as well as reactions to them.
“Credibility is the leading and fundamental principle of Law and Justice’s (PiS) campaign,” says professor Norbert Maliszewski. After the spectacular party convention, he explains why voters can trust PiS and how they have achieved their trustworthiness.
Monika Jaruzelska, the daughter of the last president of the communist Polish People’s Republic (PRL) seeks entry into Polish politics. Jaruzelska declares support for Law and Justice’s social reforms but in the upcoming local elections she will have the backing of postcommunists
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