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22 October, 2007 - Published 11:03 GMT
Exit polls in Poland's parliamentary elections show that the opposition Civic Platform party have won by 13 percentage points over the governing Law and Justice party, led by the Prime-Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. This report from Jonny Dymond:
Because of the record turnout, results for the election were delayed by three hours as officials struggled to provide enough ballot papers in some cities. But for Civic Platform supporters, the wait was worth it.
Law and Justice, under its blunt spoken leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has been heavily criticised for allegedly politicising criminal investigations, for souring Poland's relations with the outside world and for failing to push through economic reform.
Now, after just two years, it's been slung out of office. The pro-business Civic Platform promises a new start in the EU and an end to involvement in Iraq. It will need a coalition partner, however. It's thought to be just six seats short of an overall majority.
Jonny Dymond, BBC News, Warsaw
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