Poland's ruling party grabs surprise win in regional elections

November 22, 2014 10:52 PM

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WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) party has secured a surprising win in regional elections held last week, the state election commission said on Saturday, a result likely to further aggravate tension over the already contentious vote.

The official results, published after a vote count dogged by the failure of a new IT system, defied an exit poll which suggested that the largest opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) grabbed its first nationwide victory in nine years.

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