Date first published: 17/10/2023
Key sectors: all
Key risks: political instability; policy uncertainty
Although the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won the 15 October general election, securing 35.4 per cent of the votes, celebrations were rather modest. Opposition coalitions – including the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), the centre-right Third Way and the New Left – gained 248 seats in the 460-member lower chamber of parliament – known as Sejm in Poland – having substantially higher chances of forming a government. However, President Andrzej Duda has previously indicated that he would appoint the largest party to form a government. Given PiS’s low chances to do so, such a decision would likely protract the government formation process.
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