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Bickering could upset Polish coalition plans

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Bickering could upset Polish coalition plans


The centre-right parties appear set for victory in Poland’s general election on Sunday, but there are fears rivalries could upset coalition talks.

Jan Rokita’s pro-business Civic Platform is campaigning for a flat tax rate of 15 per cent. His likely partners in government are Law and Justice, with Jaroslaw Kaczynski the candidate for premier. His party are social conservatives who do not like the Civic Platform’s tax plans, preferring a stronger role for the state in the economy. Battles over that issue, and who would head the cabinet, could sour coalition talks if, as polls suggest, they win almost equal shares of the vote. The big loser on Sunday is expected to be the ruling post-communist Democratic Left Alliance, which has been hit by successive corruption scandals. It is thought the perception of poor management they left behind will have an impact on turnout. “There’s a negative or reluctant attitude towards not only the political class but also the institutions of a democratic state,” said analyst Wieslaw Wladkya.“Our voting turnout has been low in previous elections, and will be in this one as well.”

Tackling high unemployment is top of the agenda for whoever wins.

But Civic Platform and Law and Justice cannot agree on how that should be done.
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