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Law and Justice

Prawo i Sprawiedliwość
Chairman Jarosław Kaczyński
President of Poland Andrzej Duda [lower-alpha 1]
Parliamentary Leader Ryszard Terlecki
Founder Lech Kaczyński
Jarosław Kaczyński
Founded13 June 2001;19 years ago (2001-06-13)
Merger of
Split from
Youth wing Law and Justice Youth Forum
Membership (2021)45,000 [1]
Political position Right-wing [11]
Religion Roman Catholicism
National affiliation United Right
European affiliation European Conservatives and Reformists Party
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
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Law and Justice (Polish : Prawo i Sprawiedliwość [ˈpravɔ i spravʲɛdˈlʲivɔɕt͡ɕ] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); PiS) is a right-wing national-conservative political party in Poland. It is a member of the Eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists Party at European Union level. [16] With 198 seats in the Polish Sejm and 48 in the Senate, PiS is currently the largest political party in the Polish parliament, and the dominant party of the United Right ruling coalition. The current twenty-five PiS MEPs sit in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament.


The party was founded in 2001 by the Kaczyński twins, Lech and Jarosław, as a centrist and Christian democratic party. It was formed from part of the Solidarity Electoral Action (AWS), with the Christian democratic Centre Agreement forming the new party's core. [17] The party won the 2005 election, while Lech Kaczyński won the presidency. Law and Justice formed a coalition with the Eurosceptic League of Polish Families (LPR) and Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (SRP). Jarosław served as Prime Minister, before calling elections in 2007, in which the party came in second to Civic Platform (PO). In these elections PiS lost most of its moderate electorate but attracted voters from its former coalition members and then turned to nationalism and populism. As a result LPR and SRP lost all their seats and descended into political irrelevancy. Several leading members, including sitting president Lech Kaczyński, died in a plane crash in 2010.

During its founding the party was dominated by the Kaczyńskis' conservative and law and order agenda. [17] It has embraced economic interventionism while maintaining a cultural and socially conservative stance that moved towards the Catholic Church in 2005; [17] the party's Catholic nationalist wing split off in 2011 to form Solidary Poland but then formed a joint ballot with PiS before the 2015 elections. After gaining power, PiS gained popularity with transfer payments to families with children, [18] but attracted international criticism and domestic protest movements by dismantling liberal-democratic checks and balances. Political scientists have characterised the party's governance as illiberal or authoritarian. [19]



The party was created on a wave of popularity gained by Lech Kaczyński while heading the Polish Ministry of Justice (June 2000 to July 2001) in the AWS-led government, although local committees began appearing from 22 March 2001. The AWS itself was created from a diverse array of many small political parties. In the 2001 general election, PiS gained 44 (of 460) seats in the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) with 9.5% of votes. In 2002, Lech Kaczyński was elected mayor of Warsaw. He handed the party leadership to his twin brother in 2003.[ citation needed ]

In coalition government: 2005–2007

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Former regional office of PiS in Zwycięstwa Street in Antoniuk District of Białystok, May 2019

In the 2005 general election, PiS took first place with 27.0% of votes, which gave it 155 out of 460 seats in the Sejm and 49 out of 100 seats in the Senate. It was almost universally expected that the two largest parties, PiS and Civic Platform (PO), would form a coalition government. [17] The putative coalition parties had a falling out, however, related to a fierce contest for the Polish presidency. In the end, Lech Kaczyński won the second round of the presidential election on 23 October 2005 with 54.0% of the vote, ahead of Donald Tusk, the PO candidate.

After the 2005 elections, Jarosław should have become Prime Minister. However, in order to improve his brother's chances of winning the presidential election (the first round of which was scheduled two weeks after the parliamentary election), PiS formed a minority government headed by Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz as prime minister, an arrangement that eventually turned out to be unworkable. In July 2006, PiS formed a right-wing coalition government with the agrarian populist Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland and the nationalist League of Polish Families, headed by Jarosław Kaczyński. Association with these parties, on the margins of Polish politics, severely affected the reputation of PiS. When accusations of corruption and sexual harassment against Andrzej Lepper, the leader of Self-Defence, surfaced, PiS chose to end the coalition and called for new elections.[ citation needed ]

In opposition: 2007–2015

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Jarosław Kaczyński and Andrzej Duda, 18 April 2013

In the 2007 general election, PiS managed to secure 32.1% of votes. Although an improvement over its showing from 2005, the results were nevertheless a defeat for the party, as Civic Platform (PO) gathered 41.5%. The party won 166 out of 460 seats in the Sejm and 39 seats in Poland's Senate.

On 10 April 2010, its former leader Lech Kaczyński died in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash. Jarosław Kaczyński becomes the sole leader of the party. He was the presidential candidate in the 2010 elections.

In majority government: 2015–present

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A Committee for the Defence of Democracy demonstration in Warsaw against the ruling Law and Justice party, on 7 May 2016

The party won the 2015 parliamentary election, this time with an outright majority—something no Polish party had done since the fall of communism. In the normal course of events, this should have made Jarosław Kaczyński prime minister for a second time. However, Beata Szydło, perceived as being somewhat more moderate than Kaczyński, had been tapped as PiS's candidate for prime minister. [20] [21]

The party opposes liberal democracy [22] [23] seeing itself as inspired by Jozef Pilsudski's authoritarian Sanacja government. [24] It supported controversial reforms carried out by the Hungarian Fidesz party, with Jarosław Kaczyński declaring in 2011 that "a day will come when we have a Budapest in Warsaw". [25] PiS's 2015 victory prompted creation of a cross-party opposition movement, the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD). [26] Law and Justice has Proposed 2017 judicial reforms, which according to the party were meant to improve efficiency of the justice system, sparked protest as they were seen as undermining judicial independence. [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] While these reforms were initially unexpectedly vetoed by President Duda, he later signed them into law. [32] European Council president Donald Tusk warned that the bill might push Poland out of the EU. [33] In 2017, the European Union began an Article 7 infringement procedure against Poland due to a "clear risk of a serious breach" in the rule of law and fundamental values of the European Union. [34]

The party has caused what constitutional law scholar Wojciech Sadurski termed a "constitutional breakdown" [35] by packing the Constitutional Court with its supporters, undermining parliamentary procedure, and reducing the president's and prime minister's offices in favour of power being wielded extra-constitutionally by party leader Jarosław Kaczyński. [23] After eliminating constitutional checks, the government then moved to curtail the activities of NGOs and independent media, restrict freedom of speech and assembly, and reduce the qualifications required for civil service jobs in order to fill these positions with party loyalists. [23] [36] The media law was changed to give the governing party control of the state media, which was turned into a partisan outlet, with dissenting journalists fired from their jobs. [23] [37] Due to these political changes, Poland has been termed an "illiberal democracy", [38] [39] "plebiscitarian authoritarianism", [40] or "velvet dictatorship with a façade of democracy". [41]

The party won reelection in the 2019 parliamentary election. With 44% of the popular vote, Law and Justice received the highest vote share by any party since Poland returned to democracy in 1989, but lost its majority in the Senate.[ citation needed ]


In January 2010, a breakaway faction led by Jerzy Polaczek split from the party to form Poland Plus. Its seven members of the Sejm came from the centrist, economically liberal wing of the party. On 24 September 2010, the group was disbanded, with most of its Sejm members, including Polaczek, returning to Law and Justice.

On 16 November 2010, MPs Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Elżbieta Jakubiak and Paweł Poncyljusz, and MEPs Adam Bielan and Michał Kamiński formed a new political group, Poland Comes First (Polska jest Najważniejsza). [42] Kamiński said that the Law and Justice party had been taken over by far-right extremists. The breakaway party formed following dissatisfaction with the direction and leadership of Kaczyński. [43]

On 4 November 2011, MEPs Zbigniew Ziobro, Jacek Kurski, and Tadeusz Cymański were ejected from the party, after Ziobro urged the party to split further into two separate parties – centrist and nationalist – with the three representing the nationalist faction. [44] Ziobro's supporters, most of whom on the right-wing of the party, formed a new group in Parliament called Solidary Poland, [45] leading to their expulsion, too. [46] United Poland was formed as a formally separate party in March 2012, but has not threatened Law and Justice in opinion polls. [47]

Base of support

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Law and Justice's main support (dark blue) is concentrated in the south-east of the country (former Russian Partition and Austrian Partition), results of the 2015 Polish parliamentary election
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Law and Justice's main support (dark blue). increased support in the 2019 Polish parliamentary election

Like Civic Platform, but unlike the fringe parties to the right, Law and Justice originated from the anti-communist Solidarity trade union (which is a major cleavage in Polish politics), which was not a theocratic organisation. [48] Solidarity's leadership wanted to back Law and Justice in 2005, but was held back by the union's last experience of party politics, in backing Solidarity Electoral Action. [17]

Today, the party enjoys great support among working class constituencies and union members. Groups that vote for the party include miners, farmers, shopkeepers, unskilled workers, the unemployed, and pensioners. With its left-wing approach toward economics, the party attracts voters who feel that economic liberalisation and European integration have left them behind. [49] The party's core support derives from older, religious people who value conservatism and patriotism. PiS voters are usually located in rural areas and small towns. The strongest region of support is the southeastern part of the country. Voters without a university degree tend to prefer the party more than college-educated voters do.

Regionally, it has more support in regions of Poland that were historically part of western Galicia-Lodomeria and Congress Poland. [50] Since 2015, the borders of support are not as clear as before and party enjoys support in western parts of country, especially these deprived ones.[ citation needed ] Large cities in all regions are more likely to vote for more liberal party like PO or .N. Still PiS receives good support from poor and working class areas in large cities.[ citation needed ]

Based on this voter profile, Law and Justice forms the core of the conservative post-Solidarity bloc, along with the League of Polish Families and Solidarity Electoral Action, as opposed to liberal conservative post-Solidarity bloc of Civic Platform. [51] The most prominent feature of PiS voters was their emphasis on decommunisation. [52]


Initially, the party was broadly pro-market, although less so than the Civic Platform. [49] It has adopted the social market economy rhetoric similar to that of western European Christian democratic parties. [17] In the 2005 election, the party shifted to the protectionist left on economics. [49] As Prime Minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz was more economically liberal than the Kaczyńskis, advocating a position closer to Civic Platform. [53]

On foreign policy, PiS is Atlanticist and less supportive of European integration than Civic Platform. [49] The party is soft eurosceptic [54] [55] and opposes a federal Europe especially the Euro currency. In its campaigns, it emphasises that the European Union should "benefit Poland and not the other way around". [56] It is a member of the anti-federalist European Conservatives and Reformists Party, having previously been a part of the Alliance for Europe of the Nations and, before that, the European People's Party. [17] [57] Although it has some elements of Christian democracy, it is not a Christian democratic party. [58]


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Beata Szydło – Narodowe Święto Niepodległości


The party supports a state-guaranteed minimum social safety net and state intervention in the economy within market economy bounds. During the 2015 election campaign, it proposed tax rebates related to the number of children in a family, as well as a reduction of the VAT rate (while keeping a variation between individual types of VAT rates). In 2019 lowest PIT threshold has been decreased form 18% to 17%. [59] Also: a continuation of privatisation with the exclusion of several dozen state companies deemed to be of strategic importance for the country. PiS opposes cutting social welfare spending, and also proposed the introduction of a system of state-guaranteed housing loans. PiS supports state provided universal health care. [60] PiS has been also described as statist, [61] [62] [63] protectionist, [64] [65] [66] solidarist, [67] and interventionist. [68] They also hold agrarianist views. [69] [70] [71] [72] [73]

National political structures

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PiS meeting on National Independence Day

PiS has presented a project for constitutional reform including, among others: allowing the president the right to pass laws by decree (when prompted to do so by the Cabinet), a reduction of the number of members of the Sejm and Senat, and removal of constitutional bodies overseeing the media and monetary policy. PiS advocates increased criminal penalties. It postulates aggressive anti-corruption measures (including creation of an Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA), open disclosure of the assets of politicians and important public servants), as well as broad and various measures to smooth the working of public institutions.

PiS is a strong supporter of lustration (lustracja), a verification system created ostensibly to combat the influence of the Communist era security apparatus in Polish society. While current lustration laws require the verification of those who serve in public offices, PiS wants to expand the process to include university professors, lawyers, journalists, managers of large companies, and others performing "public functions". Those found to have collaborated with the security service, according to the party, should be forbidden to practice in their professions.

Diplomacy and defence

The party is in favour of strengthening the Polish Army through diminishing bureaucracy and raising military expenditures, especially for modernisation of army equipment. PiS planned to introduce a fully professional army and end conscription by 2012 (in August 2008, compulsory military service was abolished in Poland). It is also in favour of participation of Poland in foreign military missions led by the United Nations, NATO and United States, in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Visegrád Group leaders' meeting in Prague, 2015

The party supports integration with the European Union on terms beneficial for Poland. It supports economic integration and tightening the cooperation in areas of energetic security and military, but is sceptical about closer political integration. It is against formation of European superstate or federation. PiS is in favour of strong political and military alliance of Poland with the United States.

In the European Parliament it is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists, a group founded in 2009 to challenge the prevailing pro-federalist ethos of the European Parliament and address the perceived democratic deficit existing at a European level.

They have been accused of anti-Ukrainian, [74] [75] anti-German, [76] [77] [78] and anti-Russian sentiment. [79] [80] [81]

Social policies

The party's views on social issues are much more traditionalist than those of social conservative parties in other European countries. [3] [82] PiS has been described to hold right-wing populist views. [83] [84] [85] [6] [86]


The party strongly promotes itself as a pro-family party and encourages married couples to have more children. Prior to 2005 elections, it promised to build three million inexpensive housing units as a way to help young couples start a family. Once in government, it passed legislation lengthening parental leaves.

In 2017, the PiS government commenced the so-called "500+" programme under which all parents residing in Poland receive an unconditional monthly payment of 500 PLN for each second and subsequent child (the 500 PLN support for the first child being linked to income). It also revived the idea of a housing programme based on state-supported construction of inexpensive housing units.

Also in 2017, the party's MPs passed a law that bans most retail trade on Sundays so that workers can spend more time with their families.


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Anti-PiS poster during the October 2020 protests in Kraków (five stars represent a common profanity, three represent the party name).

The party is anti-abortion and supports Poland's abortion laws which are more regulated than other countries in the European Union. PiS opposes abortion resulting from foetal defects [88] which is currently allowed until specific foetal age.

In 2016 PiS supported legislation to ban abortion under all circumstances, and investigate miscarriages. After the black Protests the legislation was withdrawn. [89]

In October 2020 the Constitutional Court (led by Julia Przyłębska, who is PiS leader's "social discovery"Jarosław Kaczyński: Julia Przyłębska to moje towarzyskie odkrycie) ruled that one of three circumstances (foetal defects) is unconstitutional. However, many constitutionalists says that this judgement is invalid.

The party is against euthanasia and comprehensive sex education. It has proposed a ban of in-vitro fertilisation.

Disability rights

In April 2018, the PiS government announced a PLN 23 billion (EUR 5.5 billion) programme (named "Accessibility+") aimed at reducing barriers for disabled people, to be implemented 2018–2025. [90] [91]

Also in April 2018, parents of disabled adults who required long-term care protested in Sejm over what they considered inadequate state support, in particular, the reduction of support once the child turns 18. [92] [93] As a result, the monthly disability benefit for adults was raised by approx. 15 per cent to PLN 1,000 (approx. EUR 240) and certain non-cash benefits were instituted, although protesters' demands of an additional monthly cash benefit were rejected.

Gay rights

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LGBT ideology free zones in Poland (red) as of January 2020.

The party opposes LGBT rights, in particular same-sex marriages and any other form of legal recognition of same-sex couples. In 2020, Poland was ranked the lowest of any European Union country for LGBT rights by ILGA-Europe. [94] The organisation also highlighted instances of anti-LGBT rhetoric and hate speech by politicians of the ruling party. [95] [96] A 2019 survey by Eurobarometer found that more than two-thirds of LGBT people in Poland believe that prejudice against them has risen in the last five years. [97]

On 21 September 2005, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said that "homosexuals should not be isolated, however they should not be school teachers for example. Active homosexuals surely not, in any case", but that homosexuals "should not be discriminated otherwise". [98] He has also stated, "The affirmation of homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilization. We can't agree to it". [99] Lech Kaczyński, while mayor of Warsaw, refused authorisation for a gay pride march; declaring that it would be obscene and offensive to other people's religious beliefs. [100] He stated, "I am not willing to meet perverts." [101] In Bączkowski and Others v. Poland , the European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that the ban of the parade violated Articles 11, 13 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The judgement stated that "The positive obligation of a State to secure genuine and effective respect for freedom of association and assembly was of particular importance to those with unpopular views or belonging to minorities". [102]

In 2016 Beata Szydło's government disbanded the Council for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance, an advisory body set up in 2011 by then-Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The council monitored, advised and coordinated government action against racism, discrimination and hate crime. [103] [104]

Many local towns, cities, [105] [106] and Voivodeship sejmiks [107] comprising a third of Poland's territory have declared their respective regions as LGBT-free zones with the encouragement of the ruling PiS. [108] [105] Polish President Andrzej Duda, who was the Law and Justice party's candidate for presidency in 2015 and 2020, stated that "LGBT is not people, it's an ideology which is worse than Communism." [109] [110] During his 2020 successful election campaign, he pledged he would ban teaching about LGBT issues in schools [111] and he proposed changing the constitution to ban LGBT couples from adopting children. [112]


Academic research has characterised Law and Justice as a partially nationalist party, [113] [114] [115] [116] [117] [118] [119] but PiS's leadership rejects this label. [lower-alpha 2] Both Kaczyńskis look up for inspirations to the pre-war Sanacja movement with its leader Józef Piłsudski, in contrast to the nationalist Endecja that was led by Piłsudski's political archrival, Roman Dmowski. [123] However, parts of the party, especially the faction around Radio Maryja, are inspired by Dmowski's movement. [124] Polish far-right organisations and parties such as National Revival of Poland, National Movement and Autonomous Nationalists regularly criticise PiS's relative ideological moderation and its politicians for "monopolizing" official political scene by playing on the popular patriotic and religious feelings. [125] [126] [127] [ better source needed ] However, the party does include several overtly nationalist politicians in senior positions, such as Digital Affairs Minister Adam Andruszkiewicz, the former leader of the All-Polish Youth; [128] and deputy PiS leader and former Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, the founder of the National-Catholic Movement. [129]

Refugees and economic migrants

PiS opposed the quota system for mass relocation of immigrants proposed by the European Commission to address the 2015 European migrant crisis. This contrasted with the stance of their main political opponents, the Civic Platform, which have signed up to the Commission's proposal. [130] Consequently, in the campaign leading to the 2015 Polish parliamentary election, PiS adopted the discourse typical of the populist-right, linking national security with immigration. [131] Following the election, PiS sometimes utilised Islamophobic rhetoric to rally its supporters. [132]

Examples of anti-migration and anti-Islam comments by PiS politicians when discussing the European migrant crisis: [133] in 2015, Jarosław Kaczyński stated that Poland can not accept any refugees because "they could spread infectious diseases." [134] In 2017, the first Deputy Minister of Justice Patryk Jaki stated that "stopping Islamization is his Westerplatte". [135] In 2017, Interior minister of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak stated that he would like to be called "Charles the Hammer who stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe in the 8th century". In 2017, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Joachim Brudziński stated during the pro-party rally in Siedlce; "if not for us (PiS), they (Muslims) would have built mosques in here (Poland)." [136]


Internal factions

Law and Justice is divided into many internal factions, but they can be grouped into three main blocs. [137] [138] [139] [140] [141]

The most influential group within PiS is unofficially named "Order of the Centre Agreement". It is led by leader is Jarosław Kaczyński, and its main members are Joachim Brudziński, Adam Lipiński and Mariusz Błaszczak.

The second major group is a radical, religious and hard Eurosceptic right-wing faction focused around Antoni Macierewicz, Beata Szydło and the United Poland party of Zbigniew Ziobro. This faction opts for radical reforms and is supported by Jacek Kurski and Tadeusz Rydzyk.

The third major group is a Christian-democratic, republican and conservative-liberal faction focused around Mateusz Morawiecki, Łukasz Szumowski, Jacek Czaputowicz and the Agreement party of Jarosław Gowin. Although not officially a party member, Polish president Andrzej Duda can also be placed in this faction.

Political committee


'Vice-Presidents' :


'Spokesperson' :

'Party discipline spokesman' :

'Chairman of the Executive Committee' :

'President of the Parliamentary Club' :


1. Lech Kaczynski.jpg Lech Kaczyński 13 June 2001–
18 January 2003
2. Jaroslaw Kaczynski Sejm 2016a (cropped).JPG Jarosław Kaczyński 18 January 2003

Election results


Election yearLeader# of
 % of
# of
overall seats won
2001 Lech Kaczyński 1,236,7879.5 (#4)
44 / 460
2005 Jarosław Kaczyński 3,185,71427.0 (#1)
155 / 460
Increase2.svg 111PiS–SRPLPR
2007 Jarosław Kaczyński 5,183,47732.1 (#2)
166 / 460
Increase2.svg 11opposition
2011 Jarosław Kaczyński 4,295,01629.9 (#2)
157 / 460
Decrease2.svg 9opposition
2015 Jarosław Kaczyński 5,711,68737.6 (#1)
217 / 460
Increase2.svg 60PiS
As a part of the United Right coalition, which won 235 seats in total. [142]
2019 Jarosław Kaczyński 8,051,93543.6 (#1)
199 / 460
Decrease2.svg 18PiS
As a part of the United Right coalition, which won 235 seats in total.


Election year# of
overall seats won
0 / 100
As part of the Senate 2001 coalition, which won 15 seats.
49 / 100
Increase2.svg 49
39 / 100
Decrease2.svg 10
31 / 100
Decrease2.svg 8
61 / 100
Increase2.svg 30
48 / 100
Decrease2.svg 13

European Parliament

Election year# of
 % of
# of
overall seats won
2004 771,85812.7 (#3)
7 / 54
2009 2,017,60727.4 (#2)
15 / 50
Increase2.svg 8
2014 2,246,87031.8 (#2)
19 / 51
Increase2.svg 4
2019 6,192,78045.38 (#1)
27 / 51
Increase2.svg 8

*Currently 16: Zdzisław Krasnodębski is elected from the PiS register, but not a member of the party, Mirosław Piotrowski left PiS (08.10.2014), Marek Jurek is a member of Right Wing of the Republic.


Election yearCandidate1st round2nd round
# of overall votes % of overall vote# of overall votes % of overall vote
2005 Lech Kaczyński 4,947,92733.1 (#2)8,257,46854.0 (#1)
2010 Jarosław Kaczyński 6,128,25536.5 (#2)7,919,13447.0 (#2)
2015 Andrzej Duda 5,179,09234.8 (#1)8,719,28151.5 (#1)
2020 Supported Andrzej Duda 8,450,51343.50 (#1)10,440,64851.03% (#1)

Regional assemblies

Election year % of
# of
overall seats won
2002 12.1 (#4)
79 / 561
In coalition with Civic Platform as POPiS.
2006 25.1 (#2)
170 / 561
2010 23.1 (#2)
141 / 561
Decrease2.svg 29
2014 26.9 (#1)
171 / 555
Increase2.svg 30
2018 34.3 (#1)
254 / 552
Increase2.svg 83

County councils

Election year % of
# of
overall seats won
2002 no data
0 / 6,294
2006 19.8 (#1)
1,242 / 6,284
Increase2.svg 1242
2010 17.3 (#2)
1,085 / 6,290
Decrease2.svg 157
2014 23.5 (#1)
1,514 / 6,276
Increase2.svg 429
2018 30.5 (#1)
2,114 / 6,244
Increase2.svg 600


2006 77
2010 37Decrease2.svg 40
2014 124Increase2.svg 87
2018 234Increase2.svg 110

Presidents of the Republic of Poland

Lech Kaczyński Lech Kaczynski.jpg 23 December 200510 April 2010
Andrzej Duda Andrzej Duda portret.JPG 6 August 2015incumbent

Prime Ministers of the Republic of Poland

Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (1118622297) cropped.jpg 31 October 200514 July 2006
Jarosław Kaczyński Jaroslaw Kaczynski (5) (cropped 2).jpg 14 July 200616 November 2007
Beata Szydło Tallinn Digital Summit. Welcome dinner hosted by HE Donald Tusk. Handshake (37348246882) (cropped 3).jpg 16 November 201511 December 2017
Mateusz Morawiecki 2018-07-04 Mateusz Morawiecki-0603 (cropped).jpg 11 December 2017incumbent

Voivodeship Marshals

NameImageVoivodeshipDate vocation
Grzegorz Schreiber Grzegorz Schreiber Sejm 2016.jpg Łódź Voivodeship 22 November 2018
Jarosław Stawiarski J. Stawiarski.jpg Lublin Voivodeship 21 November 2018
Władysław Ortyl Wladyslaw Ortyl Kancelaria Senatu.jpg Podkarpackie Voivodeship 27 May 2013
Jakub Chełstowski Jakub Chelstowski.jpg Silesian Voivodeship 21 November 2018
Andrzej Bętkowski JKruk 20120420 ANDRZEJ BETKOWSKI PIS BUSKO IMG 5477.jpg Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship 22 November 2018
Witold Kozłowski Lesser Poland Voivodeship 19 November 2018
Artur Kosicki Podlaskie Voivodeship 11 December 2018

See also


  1. Andrzej Duda has been a independent politician since 2015, however, he is affiliated with Law and Justice.
  2. During the 2008 Polish Independence Day celebrations, Lech Kaczyński said in his speech during the visit to the city of Elbląg that "the state is a great value, and attachment to the state, to one's fatherland, we call patriotism – beware of the word nationalism, as nationalism is evil!" [120] On the same day during the celebrations in Warsaw, L. Kaczyński again stated: "patriotism doesn't equal nationalism." [121] In 2011, Jarosław Kaczyński criticised pre-war Polish nationalism for "its intellectual, political and moral failure" by emphasising that the movement "did not know how to deal with and solve the problems of Polish minorities." [122]


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