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Poland approaches key vote for future

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Poland approaches key vote for future


It is the final day of campaigning in Poland’s presidential election and both candidates have been busy.

The ruling Civic Platform’s Bronislaw Komorowski now looks less likely to get as big a win as expected, and may even lose if a welter of last minute opinion polls are to believed – which in Poland is not a sure thing, as pollsters have often got it wrong in the past.

The opposition PiS candidate and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczinsky may benefit from a greater share of the 10 percent of voters who are undecided, come Sunday’s vote.

“What we are facing now is a choice between two concepts of Poland. It is, in fact, the choice between the fourth republic, the one that we experienced in the years 2005 to 2007 and a Poland which is more liberal and democratic in the full sense of the word,” says sociologist Iwona Jakubowska.

Two televised debates have shown a Kaczinsky moderating previously hardline conservative positions, while Komorowsky has promoted his more liberal economic and social policies. Neither candidate was able to use them to significantly improve their position. The election was triggered by the death of Kaczinsky’s twin brother in a plane crash.

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