Poland: leader of right-wing Law and Justice party votes | AFP

The leader of the right-wing Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski votes at the polling station near his home in the Zoliborz, district of Warsaw. IMAGES

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Populists win Polish election, expand majority: exit poll | AFP

Supporters of Jarosław Kaczyński celebrate the PiS victory at party headquarters as Poland’s incumbent right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party won a general election in Poland on Sunday, expanding its majority, according to an exit poll by the Ipsos institute. IMAGES

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Poland’s parliamentary election | AFP

The leader of Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party Jaroslaw Kaczynski casts his vote in Warsaw in the country’s parliamentary election. According to the latest polls, his party is set to win. While critics say the PiS’s judicial reforms violate the rule of law, pushing Poland away from its EU partners and ushering in a creeping authoritarianism, supporters hail its welfare measures, including a popular child allowance, pension and wage hikes, all aimed at creating an effective social safety net. IMAGES

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Poles react after ruling PiS party victory in European elections

Poles react as official results show Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) in first place for the European elections, with its leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski urging a wider victory in the autumn general election. The PiS took 45.56 percent of the vote to win 27 of Poland’s 51 seats in the European Parliament compared with 38.30 percent and 22 seats for the liberal European Coalition.