Poles Oust Brothers, Vote in Center-Right

Voters seek new EU relations, troop withdrawal from Iraq
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2007 8:50 PM CDT
Poles Oust Brothers, Vote in Center-Right
Leader of the Civic Platform Donald Tusk waves a soccer scarf with an inscription Polska, or Poland, as he celebrates first exit polls results, pointing his party as the winner of the parliamentary elections, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct.21, 2007. Poles were choosing Sunday a new parliament in snap...   (Associated Press)

Poles ousted the conservative Kaczynski twins today and voted in a center-right party that vows better relations with the EU. The highest turnout in nearly 20 years backed Civic Platform by 44% over Law and Justice's 30%, setting up opposition leader Donald Tusk to guide parliament against President Lech Kaczynski. Opposition parties won enough seats to top Kaczynski's veto power, Reuters reports.

Backed mostly by young and urban voters, Civic Platform vows to pull troops from Iraq and take a hard line against Bush's planned missile shield. Platform also appealed to financial markets by pledging reforms and a chance to adopt the euro. Restoring ties with the EU "will be a huge change in style," said one analyst. "This is the end of a dark period for this country." (More Poland stories.)

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