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Note: On October 9, 2011, Poland held elections for both the Senate and the Sejm, the upper and lower houses of parliament. The ruling coalition, consisting of the dominant Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska—PO) and the Polish Peasants’ Party (Partia Stronnictwo Ludowe—PSL), made history by becoming the first government to win reelection since the fall of communism in 1989. Prime Minister Donald Tusk returned to office by stressing that Poland was the only European nation not to fall into recession during the ongoing global economic crisis and that Poland needed continuity in order to continue growing. The PO won 207 seats in the Sejm, and the PSL won 28 seats, for a coalition total of 235 (51 percent) of the 460 seats. The PO ...