Roman Giertych, Ryszard Petru and Marek Jakubiak won parliamentary seats, and Waldemar Pawlak won a senatorial seat. These are the loudest names returning to parliament after Sunday’s elections.
On Tuesday, October 17, the National Electoral Commission received protocols from all commissions and announced the official results of the 2023 parliamentary elections.
A pyrrhic victory for Law and Justice?
Law and Justice won the elections and won 35.38 percent support. The electoral threshold was also exceeded by:
Civic Coalition – 30.70 percent;
Third Road (coalition committee of PL 2050 and PSL) – 14.40 percent;
Left – 8.61 percent;
Confederation – 7.16 percent
PiS’s result translates into winning the Sejm in the new term 194 MPs. This is too little to govern on its own. The minimum parliamentary majority is 231 MPs. Everything indicates that PiS will not be able to form a governing coalition.
The reins of power will most likely be taken over by an alliance of four parties – the Civic Coalition, the Left, Poland 2050 and the Polish People’s Party – which have a total of 248 MPs.
Four great returns to parliament
This is not the only surprise accompanying the announcement of the election results. Many recognizable parliamentarians of the current term failed to get re-elected.
These include, for example, Anna Siarkowska and Dobromir Sośnierz from Confederation, Jadwiga Emilewicz and Tadeusz Cymański from PiS, Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska from KO or Maciej Gdula from the Left, which we wrote about in more detail here.
Four famous names will return to big politics. One of them has not been present in parliament for the last four years, two for eight years, and the last one for as many as sixteen years. Details are provided below.