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Campaigning gets underway for Polish election

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Campaigning gets underway for Polish election


Polish politicians have wasted no time in launching their election campaigns, with both right and left kicking off proceedings on Sunday with rallies. Outgoing Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski boosted his Law and Justice party troops who find themselves again on the battlefield just two years after unseating the left. But their main rivals may also come from the right, as their brand of conservatism has been sharply criticised by the more free-market Civic Platform. In the last opinion poll, the Liberals held a five point lead over Kaczynski’s PIS.

That is a hypothesis the Polish left rejects. For the first time the Social Democrats of the SLD are joined by the Democrats, forming the LiD alliance. Former president Alexander Kwasniewski insists only they offer a viable alternative. Opinion polls leave them trailing in third place with only 12 percent support.

Most analysts say the result in six weeks time is likely to be similar to the one two years ago. The Liberals, led by Donald Tusk, along with the rest of the opposition, fear that Kaczynski, along with his brother who is President, will use their monopoly of power during the campaign to discredit them. Law and Justice has sought to purge Poland of what it calls a corrupt post-communist oligarchy, but some say this has been a cover to sideline opponents of their policies.

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