Still unclear if Law and Justice can govern Poland alone

WARSAW: Most of the results were in for Poland's parliamentary election but the country was still waiting early on Tuesday to learn if the winning right-wing Law and Justice party has secured a majority in the lower house of parliament.

The state election commission was to announce Tuesday afternoon how many seats each of the parties will get. Five parties won seats, including the centrist Civic Platform that had ruled for eight years.

With a majority in the 460-seat lower house, the Law and Justice party would be in a position to govern alone and to push through its program faster and without concessions to a coalition partner. The party's government will enjoy strong support from President Andrzej Duda, a former member.

Some party members indicate that the new government could be in place by mid-November.

If the party falls short of a majority, the formation of the government could take longer, and create uncertainty over who might be willing to join in a coalition.

Law and Justice, which mixes conservative Catholic values with vows to help the disadvantaged, won 37.6 percent of the votes in Sunday's voting.

It also won 61 out of 100 seats in the upper house, the Senate, which has the power to amend or reject proposed laws.