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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Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska casts her vote in Warsaw | AFP

Poland’s former deputy parliament speaker and opposition candidate for prime minister Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska casts her vote with her husband in the country’s parliamentary election. IMAGES

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Polls open in deeply divided Poland | AFP

Poles began voting on Sunday in a polarising election which the governing populists look set to win on the back of welfare measures and attacks on LGBT rights, but their majority is at risk, giving opposition parties a narrow chance to snatch power. IMAGES

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Poland’s LGBT community under fire ahead of elections | AFP

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights have become a hot button issue in Poland ahead of the October 13 general election in the heavily Catholic country. The highly influential Catholic Church and the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, the odds-on favourite to win the election, have launched blistering attacks on the LGBT community in the campaign preceding it.

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Renia Spiegel, ‘Poland’s Anne Frank’, gets her due | AFP

Stowed for several decades in a bank safe, the diary of Renia Spiegel, a young Polish Jew who was murdered at the age of 18 by the Nazis in 1942 and nicknamed “the Polish Anne Frank”, has now been published and adapted to the big screen. The Polish premiere of the film “Broken Dreams”, telling the story of Renia Spiegel and her sister during the Nazi occupation, took place this month in Warsaw, attended by members of Spiegel’s family.

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Down Syndrome Poles take their struggles to the stage | AFP

A troupe of actors with Down Syndrome in Poland is taking the fight for disabled rights to the stage in a new play that lashes out at the right-wing government, accusing it of neglecting their welfare.

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