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Polish PM concedes defeat with Eurosceptic party poised to triumph

Published 25/10/2015 | 07:36

Prime minister and leader of the ruling Civic Platform Ewa Kopacz conceded defeat (AP)
Prime minister and leader of the ruling Civic Platform Ewa Kopacz conceded defeat (AP)

Polish prime minister Ewa Kopacz has conceded defeat after an exit poll showed that her pro-European Civic Platform party faced a decisive defeat by the right-wing Law and Justice party.

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The exit poll by Ipsos shows that Law and Justice won 39.1% of Sunday's parliamentary vote.

If confirmed by official results, which are expected on Monday, that would give Law and Justice 242 seats in the 460-seat lower house of parliament, allowing it to govern alone.

That would mark the best showing yet for the party in a parliamentary election.

According to the exit poll, Civic Platform would get 133 seats and only three other parties would make it into parliament: a party led by rock star Pawel Kukiz, a new pro-business party named Modern Poland and the Polish Peasants Party.

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