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Kukiz'15 is a political movement in Poland led by punk rock musician turned politician Paweł Kukiz. It is an association, which is not registered as a political party, and has coordinated with the far-right National Movement party. It has been described as "anti-establishment", as a "broad coalition [lacking] programmatic coherence", as right-wing and far-right.
The key postulates are:
- Eliminating the monopoly of political parties in parliament ("destroying particracy")
- Electoral reform from a proportional representation to first past the post
- Separation of government, courts and parliament
- Protection of civic liberties
- Introduction of obligatory referendums
The movement was founded after Kukiz stood in the 2015 presidential election, winning 21% of the vote and coming in third during the election's first round. Kukiz's primary issue during the election was the replacement of Poland's proportional representation electoral system with single member constituencies, which was the subject of a referendum in September 2015.
The movement is particularly popular among young people: Kukiz won 42% among voters aged 18 to 29 in the 2015 presidential election.
On April 2016 the National Movement leadership decided to end its collaboration with Kukiz'15 and instructed its MPs to leave the Kukiz'15 parliamentary club, but only one MP followed party instructions. These ones, who stayed in Kukiz'15, together with a few other Kukiz' MPs, formed National Democracy (Endecja).
There was a Sejm scandal in April 2016. Kornel Morawiecki of Kukiz'15 left his Sejm member card in the voting device when he felt sick and went out from the debating hall and then Małgorzata Zwiercan voted for him. After this he left Kukiz'15 and launched a new party Free and Solidary (Wolni i Solidarni) along with two other Kukiz'15 MPs.
In February 2017 three Kukiz'15 MPs left the group and became a parliamentary representation of the association "Republicans" (Republikanie).
In February 2018 Paweł Kukiz apologised for having introduced the nationalists into the Sejm.
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