The political status in Poland
The Polish Parliamentary elections took place on 13 October. Poles elected 460 Members of Parliament to the lower chamber, Sejm, and 100 senators. The main actors running for parliamentary seats were the ruling party PiS, its main opposition Civic Coalition, the Left socialist coalition and the PSL-Kukiz’15 and Konfederacja parties.
With 43.6% of the votes, Jarosław Kaczyński’s party renewed its hold on the lower house of the Polish parliament for the four years to come, with 235 of 460 seats – enough to govern alone. Four other parties and coalitions managed to get the 5% threshold to enter the parliament.
The main opposition party, that governed for the last eight years Civic Coalition (Koalicja Obywatelska, KO), won 27,4% of the votes (134 seats), which was followed by a returning after four years of absence social-democratic political party (SLD), with 12,4% of the votes (49 seats). A conservative coalition (PSL - Koalicja Polska), associated with the anti-system party Kukiz’15 obtained 9.1% of the votes. For the first time its history, with 6.4 %, the far-right Confederation enters the parliament and should receive 13 seats.
After the parliamentary elections that took place on 13 October, currently the ruling party is holding discussions on the creation of the new government. No major, revolutionary changes are expected, as the ongoing talks are led by the same team of people who worked in the government for the last four years. Mateusz Morawiecki, the current Prime Minister, is most likely to continue its mission.