The conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, in the minority for eight years, is heavily favoured in Poland’s October 25 2015 parliamentary elections after its Andrzej Duda gained the presidency last May. What does it mean for Poland?
In the last year even casual observers of the Polish political scene have seen a shift among its main players. This was underlined by the election of Andrziej Duda of the far-right Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS) party as president in a surprise vote against Bronisław Komorowski of the more moderate (Platforma Obywatelska, PO). Now, with the parliamentary elections only a few days away, many have predicted that PiS will come out on top—but where did this come from? For the longest time PiS’ image have been associated groups such as older people from small towns in Poland. However, Law and Justice’s message has started reaching younger groups for some time now.
PO has reigned for eight years, which only makes people’s case for dissatisfaction with the party stronger.
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(Photo of Poland’s parliament, the Sejm: Piotr Waglowski (VaGla) http://www.vagla.pl)