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Polish Ruling Populists Take Most Seats in Regional Councils

AP Editors Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling populist party, Law and Justice won 254 of the 552 seats in regional councils in local elections last weekend, with 194 going to the key opposition coalition, the state electoral commission said Thursday.

The official results indicate that Law and Justice, which won the national elections in 2015, remains the most popular party despite conflicts with the European Union and accusations of eroding the democratic system of checks and balances. Its approval has been boosted by generous welfare spending, its emphasis on Poland's traditional values and a booming economy. ...

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