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Poland's nationalists look set to stay in power

World News from Reuters
World News from Reuters
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Poland's ruling nationalist party declared victory on Sunday (October 13), as exit polls projected the Law and Justice party was on course to win more than 43 percent of the vote. A second term for PiS will likely bolster anti-immigration populists across the EU. The party has already shifted Poland's foreign policy away from the European mainstream and has led calls to take some powers away from Brussels. During the polarized campaign, the party cast the election as a choice between its traditional Catholic values, and its opposition's liberal order that undermines family life. But opposition groups say the last four years of PiS rule, have undermined the independence of the courts, and forced public media to promote its agenda. Critics have also accused the party of fomenting homophobia. PiS officials have called LGBT rights an invasive foreign influence that threatens Poland's national identity. Official results are expected to start coming in later on Monday.

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