Polish presidential election

Bronislaw Komorowski, currently acting president of Poland after the death of president Kaczynski in a tragic plane crash in May, has been elected as president after winning the second round of voting by getting 53 percent of the votes cast. his opponent, the twin brother of the deceased president and the current opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski got 47 percent of the votes.

Mr Komorowski was the candidate of the governing Civic Platform party and has been the parliament speaker.

British parliament election

The election to the British Parliament’s House of Commons ended with something for the UK so unusual as a parliament where no party got a majority of the seats – in British terminology a “hung parliament”. The Conservative party became the largest party but lacks an overall majority. This means that the party and their leader David Cameron in some form will be reliant on a second party – most likely the Liberal Democrats – to form a stable government.

It is however very likely that there will be a change of government from today’s Labour party government, seeing that the partyo no longer is the largest in the House of Commons.

Polish president dead in aircraft accident

A Polish government aircraft carrying among others president Lech Kaczyński crashed earlier today during a landing attempt in bad weather at Smolensk in Russia on their way to attend the 70th anniversary cermonies for the victims of the Katyn Forest massacre. The plane carried between 88 and 130 persons – the numbers given vary this far – and no one survived the crash. Among other victims are the president’s wife, Ryszard Kaczorowski who was the last non-communist president in exile of Poland, the army chief of staff, and relatives to the massacre victims of 1940.

In accordance with the Polish constitution, the speaker of the sejm (second chamber of the parliament) becomes acting president in case of the death of the incumbent president. In this instance, that post is currently held by Bronisław Komorowski, who is also the official opposition candidate for the scheduled presidential election later in the autumn this year. It is now however likely that the presidential election will be moved forward.

Sources: Le Monde, Euronews, ARD

French regional elections

As prognosed, the regional elections in France turned out to be a setback for the UMP who are governing on the national level. The socialists succeeded not only in keeping contol of all the regional governments they already had, but also taking new mandates. This success for the left is by many experts seen as a mistrust against president Nicholas Sarkozy and the UMP government.

Sources: Le Monde, Le Figaro, Euronews

German Bundestag election

The German election for the Bundestag (federal parliament) resulted in that the current chancellor Angela Merkel can continue in office, but with a change of coalition partner. Instead of the grand coalition between CDU/CSU and SDP, there will now be a more traditional coalition between the Christian democrats in CDU/CSU and the liberal FDP.

Source: ARD Tagesschau

European Parliament elections

The elections to the European Parliament turned out to be a success for the smaller parties in many of the member states, not the least the green parties. Among the more unexpected outcomes was also the fact that the newly founded Pirate Party of Sweden got enough votes to get a seat in the parliament.