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United Left (Poland)

United Left

Zjednoczona Lewica
LeaderBarbara Nowacka
FoundedJuly 2015
DissolvedFebruary 2016[1]
Political positionCentre-left

The United Left (Polish: Zjednoczona Lewica, ZL) was a political and electoral alliance of political parties in Poland.

The alliance was formed in July 2015 by the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Your Movement (TR), Polish Socialist Party (PPS), Labour United (UP), and The Greens (PZ) to jointly contest the forthcoming parliamentary election.[2][3][4] The formation of the alliance was in response to the poor performance the Polish centre-left in the 2015 presidential election, and was backed by the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ).[5] On 14 September 2015 the Polish Labour Party (PPP) joined the alliance.[6] On 4 October 2015, it was announced that Barbara Nowacka, co-leader of TR, would be the alliance's leader and prime ministerial candidate.[7][8]

In the 2015 parliamentary election on 25 October 2015, the ZL received 7.6% of the vote,[9] below the 8% electoral threshold for electoral alliances (individual parties only need 5%),[10] leaving the alliance without any parliamentary representation. It was dissolved in February 2016.[1]


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  2. ^ Polish left to unite for general election - National
  3. ^ United Left to unveil programme in mid-August - National
  4. ^ PKW | Wybory do Sejmu RP i Senatu RP
  5. ^ Does the Polish left have a future? | openDemocracy
  6. ^ [] (pl)
  7. ^ Poland's United Left puts forward candidate for PM - National
  8. ^ United Left presents its new leader and PM candidate | WBJ
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  10. ^ Nardelli, Alberto (2015-10-22). "Polish elections 2015: a guide to the parties, polls and electoral system". The Guardian.

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