According to exit polls, the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) has secured a majority of 41.5 per cent in Poland’s general elections on Sunday, which is not enough to form a single-party government. The leftist alliance has pushed the ruling Christian-Democratic Solidarity block out of parliament.
The Solidarity movement led Poland out of communism, however the Polish voters decided to replace it by the former communists in Sunday’s election. The Solidarity’s four-year rule was marked by corruption, reduced economic growth, high unemployment and a soaring budget deficit.
The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), consisting of the Social Democrats and the Union of Labour, could win 221 seats in the 460-seat parliament, exit polls show. The leftist alliance will have to look for a coalition partner amongst a clutch of small opposition parties.
The Peasant Party, which gathered 8.4 per cent of the votes, seems to be the likeliest partner for the SLD. However, the party has a tough position on agriculture and regional aid, which could slow down the enlargement negotiations.