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Polish Elections: Komorowski Leads, Kaczynski Twin Stays In Race …

  • June 21st, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

komorowski-bronislaw.jpgIn elections to replace President  Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash (10.4.10), the centre-right front-runner  Bronislaw Komorowski (picture) looks to have fallen short of a majority – forcing a run-off against the late President’s brother.

Komorowski campaigned on a plan to reduce government spending, in response to public indebtedness, in step with similar ideas that have seen conservatives being elected elsewhere, most recently in Slovakia (12.6.10).

RUN-OFF LIKELY

poland-flag.jpgExit polls have agreed that in Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, from the current government party, Civic Platform, (and in favour of integration into the European Union), has polled around 43.5%, meaning he will be forced to the run-off in a fortnight (4.7.10).


That will be against  Jaroslaw Kaczynski, in second place with one-third of the vote, who had a term as Prime Minister in tandem with his identical twin brother, heading the Law and Justice Party.Over sixteen months, 2006-7, they made splash on the European scene, with a loosely Christian Democratic line on government spending for social good, yet also nationalistic rhetoric and conservative reactions on social issues, like the rights of homosexuals. (See also EUAustralia, “Polish President’s death …”, 10.4.10).Among ten candidates in all, on Sunday, the former communist grouping, represented by Grzegorz Napieralski, was third with some 14% of the vote.

CHANGE IN SLOVAKIA

slovakia-flag.jpgEuropean voters like those in other parts of the world have been responding to the uncertainties of the economic times, fairly consistently either rejecting incumbents, or falling in with conservative demands for austerity  –  the cutting of budgets come what down-turns may follow.

Elections in Slovakia (12.6.10) saw a swing against the Social Democratic government under Prime Minister Robert Fico (picture). (See also EUAustralia, “Peace bid in Slovakia’s media tussle” 30.4.09; “Worry over media freedom …” 21.1.09).

fico-slovakia.jpgHe emerged on the night with a plurality, the main party with 68 of 150 seats, but the Christian Democrats (28 seats) and right-of-centre liberals (22) were claiming the numbers to make up a new coalition government with minor parties – and to commence work on chopping back spending.

Reference

Election date 12.6.10   Poland heads for election run-off. Jan Cienski in Warsaw. http://www.ft.com/cms/s 0/3facca20-7ca3-11df-8b74-00144feabdc0.html

Leos Rousek (Dow Jones news), “Slovak Election Outcome Follows Europe’s Rightward Drift”, NASDAQ, 18.6.10.

Michael Johnston, “Poland ETFs In Focus Ahead Of Crucial Election”, 18.6.10, EFT db, Chicago. http://etfdb.com/2010/poland-etfs-in-focus-ahead-of-crucial-election/, (20.6.10).

Radio Free Europe, “Slovak Centre-Right Opposition Wins Election”, 13.6.10.
ttp://www.rferl.org/content/Slovak_CenterRight_Opposition_Wins_Election/2069909.html, (20.6.10).

Wikipedia, SF, “Elections in Slovakia”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Slovakia, (20.6.10).


Pictures
   TF1

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