The staunchly anti-Brexit Donald Tusk has declared his Civic Coaltion as the victors in Poland’s election.
The three opposition parties, Civic Coalition, Third Way and the New Left, all ran on separate tickets during the election. But each agreed to buddy-up to stop Law and Justice – known as PiS – from securing a historic third term.
An Ipsos poll on Sunday night suggested the opposition together as a coalition has likely won 248 seats in the 460-seat lower house of parliament, the Sejm, while Law and Justice gained 200 seats. It would put Tusk, a former European Council president, in prime position to form a government.
It will be seen as a bitter hammer blow to many in Poland with PiS supporters of the country leaving the European Union.
According to Sky News, Tusk said: “I have been a politician for many years. I’m an athlete. Never in my life have I been so happy about taking seemingly second place. Poland won. Democracy has won. We have removed them from power.
“This result might still be better, but already today we can say this is the end of the bad time, this is end of Law and Justice rule.”
Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the party took almost 37% of the votes, making it the party to win the most votes for three parliamentary elections in a row.
Votes are still being counted and the state electoral commission says it expects to have final results by Tuesday morning.