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Issue No. 2477

Bigots come out on top in Poland

The right wing populist Law and Justice Party scored a victory in the Polish general election last Sunday.

They won 39.9 percent of the vote against the incumbent neoliberal Civic Forum.

Law and Justice’s support is based on nationalism and religious bigotry against women and LGBT people. 

It attacked the European Union’s neoliberalism and blamed it for the refugee crisis and undermining “family values”. The left, including the social democrats, failed to win a single seat.

A close run in Argentinian vote

Right winger Mauricio Macri forced president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s successor Daniel Scioli to a 

run-off in last Sunday’s election in Argentina. Scioli, who is on the right of the Justicialist Party, won 38 percent of the vote. Macri won 30 percent. 

The result is a severe blow to Fernandez’s centre left party.

It has faced attacks from the right wing and workers’ resistance to its cuts.

Nicolas del Caño of the far left Workers’ Left Front came fifth with 3.3 percent of the vote.

Deal pins blame on Palestinians

Israel and Jordan are to install cameras around the 

Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem to stop an upsurge of Palestinian resistance.

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said this would prove Israel does not intend to change the status quo at the compound, which is administered by Jordan.

Protests spread across Palestine after right wing Israeli activists tried to force their way inside the compound last month. Netanyahu intends to use the cameras to blame Palestinians for the violence.

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Tue 27 Oct 2015, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2477
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