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Poland’s Parliament Has Literally Zero Liberals Now
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1:33 PM 10/26/2015
A crushing sweep for conservatives in Poland’s Sunday election means that left-wing parties have been entirely eliminated from the country’s parliament, the Sejm, for the first time since the end of World War 2.
The feat is all the more impressive because Poland uses a proportional representation system where instead of electing individual members, seats are doled out by how much of the vote each party received. To qualify, the United Left, a coalition of Poland’s social democrats, greens, and other left-wing elements, needed to get just 8 percent of the vote– and they couldn’t even manage that.
Instead, the bulk of Sejm seats will be split between two parties of varying degrees of conservatism. The victorious Law and Justice party is skeptical of the European Union, opposes the acceptance of large amounts of migrants, but is also rather protectionist on economics. Civic Platform, the second-place party, is more free-market in its economics and is pro-European Union. Both are quite socially conservative.