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Polish Center-Right Parties Appear Headed For Victory

Polish Prime Minister Belka (file photo) 25 September 2005 -- Exit polls indicate Polish voters have ousted the left-wing government of Prime Minister Marek Belka in today's parliamentary elections.

The unofficial exit polls give a broad majority to two center-right parties that promise tax cuts and clean

They show the conservative Law and Justice Party with over 27 percent of the vote, and the free-market Civic Platform
with 24 percent.

The governing Democratic Left Alliance, which has been hit by corrupution scandals, lagged with just over 11 percent. The election was characterized by a low turnout. This was Poland's fifth fully democratic ballot after the collapse of
communism in 1989.