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

(Newser) – 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.

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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." (Read more Poland stories.)

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