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Poland poised for swing to the right

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Poland poised for swing to the right


Poland is voting today in parliamentary elections which look set to move the country to the political right.

Surveys are predicting the pro-reform Law and Justice and Civic Platform parties will win around sixty percent of the vote. The two parties have been neck-and-neck in the run-up to the the elections, but the latest polls suggest Law and Justice will be the dominant force in any ruling coalition. The incumbent Democrat Left Alliance appears to be paying the price for a series of corruption scandals and failing to curb soaring unemployment. Since the fall of communism, no Polish government has been returned to office. Much of the public is now disillusioned, and turnout is expected to be low among Poland’s 30 million eligible voters. With the leading parties promising a return to the values of the Solidarity movement, which toppled communism, its former leader Lech Walesa will be watching the elections with interest. One of his sons is also running for office.
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