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Poland's ruling party, opposition share seats in European Parliament

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WARSAW, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Poland's ruling Civic Platform (PO) and opposition Law and Justice (PIS) parties each took 19 seats in the European parliament after the European elections Sunday, according to preliminary results.

PO secured 31.29 percent and PIS 32.35 percent in voting in Poland. Social Democrats, New Right and Polish Peasant's Party won five seats, four seats and four seats respectively, according to results from 91 percent of the polling stations in the country.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Sunday a low turnout in European Parliament elections "is a problem not only in Poland, but I would like to see a time when everyone ... sees voting as something positive."

The opposition said it gained the best results yet in all elections and there was now little difference between them and their main rival, which would give them a good foundation for a further offensive.

Large cities and votes from abroad are still to be counted, while the turnout was at 23.27 percent.

The elections were held in 28 member countries over the weekend, with a total of 751 seats in the legislature allocated in proportion to the size of each member state.

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