Poles react to win for governing conservatives in election | AFP

Poles in Warsaw react to the results of the weekend’s general election which handed victory to the governing right-wing populist party. With 82.79 percent of votes counted, the Law and Justice party (PiS) had 45.16 percent of the popular vote in Sunday’s poll, far ahead of the main centrist opposition Civic Coalition (KO) with 26.10 percent.

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Polish politician Robert Biedron votes in the parliamentary elections | AFP

Robert Biedron, the leader of the progressive Spring party, votes in Warsaw in the country’s parliamentary elections. 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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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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Fridays for Future: Climate strike in the Polish capital | AFP

People take to the streets of Polish capital Warsaw as part of the global Fridays for Future climate strike. Young people from around the world are leading a massive coordinated strike from school on Friday to protest government and business inaction on climate change. It is likely to be one of the largest environmental protests in history. The strikes are inspired by Greta Thunberg, who rose to fame after she began sitting outside the Swedish parliament in August last year to get members to act on climate change. IMAGES of the climate strike in Warsaw

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Japanese royals meet Polish president and his wife in Warsaw | AFP

Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko kicked off a visit to Poland and Norway by meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda at the presidential palace in Warsaw. IMAGES

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