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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s Law and Justice party, on election day in Warsaw Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland’s Law and Justice party, at a rally after voting closed in the nation’s parliamentary elections, Warsaw, Oct. 13, 2019 (AP photo).

After Elections, Is Poland’s PiS in for an Easier Ride, or a Bumpy Road Ahead?

Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

Was it a populist triumph or a thinly veiled setback? The victory of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, known as PiS, in parliamentary elections earlier this month has been called both. The verdict should become clearer in the months ahead, as the PiS-dominated government comes to terms with an upper house of parliament that is now narrowly controlled by the opposition Civic Coalition. The first test will come next year, when President Andrzej Duda, who is backed by PiS, faces a potentially tough reelection.

PiS can perhaps claim a strong mandate, having retained a majority in the lower house of parliament after its electoral list won a record number of votes earlier this month. PiS and its allies won the first outright parliamentary majority in Poland’s post-communist history in 2015, and now have done it twice. But that is tempered by the fact that various opposition parties performed well on Oct. 13, especially in the Senate. ...

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