Kaczynski Voted Out in Poland
Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski lost his position Sunday as his party, the Law and Justice Party, lost the Polish elections in the biggest voter turnout since the end of communism in Poland two decades ago.
Reuters reports that exit polls show that the incumbent Law and Justice Party received only 30 percent of the vote while the Civic Platform won around 44 percent. They also report the high 55 percent voter turnout appears to be a rejection of the past two turbulent years under the rule of Kaczynski and his brother President Lech Kaczynski. The Civic Platform is a party that looks to pull troops from Iraq, speed economic reform and mend EU relations. Lech is not up for re-election until 2010.
The New York Times reports that official results will not be released until Tuesday. Then, they will figure out if The Civic Platform will have an outright majority, or if they will have to create a coalition with the Polish Peasants Party. They also report that leaders across Europe will be relieved by the results, because Poland under the Kaczynskis has been known to not agree or go along with other European nations. Poland has also been one of the leading allies to the U.S.