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Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition parties elected their candidate as speaker of the Senate on Tuesday, a small victory that allows them to check the power of the populist right-wing ruling party. Senator Tomasz Grodzki was chosen speaker in a 51-48 vote with one abstention during the first sitting...

Makeup of new Polish government signals continuity

Nov. 8, 2019 3:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the composition of his new Cabinet on Friday following an election last month — and it looks a lot like his outgoing government. Those keeping their jobs include Morawiecki himself and Piotr Glinski, who remains as deputy prime...

Poland's right-wing wins but leader Kaczynski wants more

Oct. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski has guided Poland's conservative ruling party to capture the biggest electoral share for any party in 30 years of democracy in Poland — yet the man who has dreamed of power since childhood is still a bit disappointed. Kaczynski's focus on social benefits and...

Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

Oct. 14, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority in the lower house of parliament and another four-year term in government, according to final election results Monday. The party won almost 44% of votes, which translated...

The Latest: Poland's ruling party has votes to govern again

Oct. 14, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's election (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Final official returns from Poland's parliamentary election confirm the conservative Law and Justice party has won a narrow majority in the lower house that will allow it to govern for a second four-year term. The state...

Poland's ruling party declares victory in divided nation

Oct. 13, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative governing Law and Justice party won the most votes in Sunday's election in the deeply divided nation and appeared, according to an exit poll, to have secured a comfortable majority in parliament to govern for four more years. The exit poll, conducted by the...

The Latest: Polish ruling party leader declares victory

Oct. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's general election (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The leader of Poland's conservative ruling party has declared victory in an election after an exit poll showed his party expected to have a majority of seats in parliament. Jaroslaw Kaczynski noted that the exit poll...

Poles to vote in one of most important elections in decades

Oct. 12, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LEGIONOWO, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party has targeted gays as a campaign tactic. Its programming on state media has drawn comparisons with communist-era propaganda and it has asserted so much control over the judicial system that the European Union has declared the rule of law at risk....

At a glance: Key factors in a critical Polish election

Oct. 11, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles vote Sunday for 460 lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, and for 100 in the Senate, for four-year terms. It is considered by many to be the most momentous election in Poland since the Central European nation threw off communism 30 years ago. ___ WHAT'S AT STAKE?...

Nobel literature pick heartens liberal Poles in populist era

Oct. 10, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Swedish Academy's decision to bestow the 2018 Nobel Prize in literature on Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has given a rare morale boost to liberal Poles only three days before a national election that is likely to be won by the country's right-wing populist party. Tokarczuk, 57, is...