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Jarosław Kaczyński on PiS's result in the European elections: second place is only an apparent defeat

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PiS president Jarosław Kaczyński said that his party's result in the European Parliament elections “was an apparent defeat.” When asked about the scandal related to the Justice Fund, he said that it “undoubtedly influenced the result”, although – as he assessed – “there was no scandal there”.

In Sunday's European Parliament elections, the Civic Coalition received the most votes (37.06 percent of support), which gave it 21 seats. Right behind it was Law and Justice (36.16% of votes) with 20 seats. Third place was taken by Konfederacja (12.08%) with six seats. Third Road (6.91%) and Left (6.3% of votes) won three seats each. Thus, Donald Tusk's party won the elections for the first time in 10 years.

PiS president Jarosław Kaczyński, asked on Wednesday by TVP info about the election results, said that “it was an apparent failure.”

Kaczyński on the Justice Fund: there was no scandal

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When asked whether the Justice Fund scandal could have resulted in PiS taking second place, Kaczyński pointed out that yes, his party took second place, “but with a very small difference.” – However, (this scandal-ed.) undoubtedly influenced the result, although there was no scandal. This is one big fraud, he said.

When asked whether any changes in the party were possible, the PiS president said that “there can always be changes in the party.” But – as he stressed – “it will definitely have no connection with these campaigns against us.”

Justice Fund investigation

The National Prosecutor's Office is conducting an investigation into the spending of funds from the Justice Fund. So far, she has brought charges against seven people, three of whom have been arrested. The suspects include former and current officials of the Ministry of Justice, dealing with a fund whose main purpose was to be and is to help crime victims. In connection with the investigation in several dozen places in the country, the Internal Security Agency and prosecutors conducted searches in March, including the house of former Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro.

In connection with the investigation, in May, the Speaker of the Sejm received a request from the Polish Parliament to waive the immunity of the former deputy head of the Ministry of Justice, and currently member of parliament from the PiS club, Michał Wosi (Sovereign Poland), among others, in connection with his decision to spend PLN 25 million on the purchase of Pegasus software. In addition, the prosecutor's office is preparing further applications to waive the immunity regarding other politicians of Sovereign Poland. According to media reports, they will concern PiS MPs Marcin Romanowski (also former deputy head of the Ministry of Justice) and Dariusz Matecki.

Main photo source: PAP/Paweł Supernak

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