Poland’s nationalist PiS party comes out on top in local elections.

Poland’s nationalist PiS party comes out on top in local elections.

Poland’s nationalist PiS party comes out on top in local elections.

The ruling euroskeptic PiS party has emerged as the winner in provincial council elections that were seen as a test of support for the party. However, the opposition scored in a key race for the mayor in the liberal stronghold of Warsaw.

* From the Poland Daily on Twitter: Exit poll from the Polish local elections, EU party affiliation & comparison to the previous local elections in 2014.

PiS-ECR: 32,3% +5.4

KO (PO/N-EPP): 24,7% -1.6

PSL-EPP: 16,5% -7.3

Kukiz’15-*: 6,3% +6,3

SLD-S&D: 5,7% -3.0

PiS & Kukiz, the 2 conservative parties are up 11,7%.

** According to DW News, the early results put PiS on track to gain an absolute majority in several regional parliaments in Poland, making it easier to push through government-approved legislation.

“We have won … and this bodes well when it comes to the future, especially for the parliamentary election,” PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said.

*** However, from what we have read early on, both sides seem to be claiming victory, depending on the source and angle chosen.

For instance, the anti-V4 Politico – which pushes the Berlin-Brussels narrative – pointed out that PiS results were worse than the 37.6 percent it got in the 2015 parliamentary election, but better than the 26.9 percent it took in the local elections in 2014.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.dw.com/en/polands-nationalist-pis-party-comes-out-on-top-in-local-elections/a-45977729