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Poland pro-EU Opposition tipped to win Parliament polls

Poland’s recent parliamentary elections marked a significant turning point, ending eight years of populist rule by the Law and Justice (PiS) party. The liberal opposition, led by former EU chief Donald Tusk, emerged victorious, promising a fresh era for the nation.

Women’s Rights at the Forefront

  • One of the pivotal issues in the elections was women’s rights, especially concerning Poland’s strict abortion laws.
  • Tusk’s promise to liberalize these laws mobilized a significant number of women voters.
  • For the first time, more women than men turned out to vote, with a remarkable 73.7% of women participating.

Promises of Change

  •  Tusk’s Civic Coalition, along with potential allies Third Way and Left, is set to secure a majority in the 460-seat parliament.
  • This outcome signifies a potential shift towards more liberal policies, including improved relations with the European Union and a promise to unblock frozen EU funds.

Caution Amidst Optimism

  •  While many celebrated the opposition’s victory, some voters remained cautious.
  • Questions linger about how the new government will act, especially considering potential challenges from President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally. Despite the opposition’s win, the political landscape remains uncertain.

International Implications

  •  Poland’s role in supporting Ukraine on the international stage has been closely watched.
  • The election outcome could impact aid to Ukraine, as Poland, historically a strong supporter, faces internal debates about its assistance programs and the acceptance of Ukrainian refugees.

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