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Poland votes in parliamentary elections


Voting is underway in Poland’s general election but if the opinion polls are correct, there will be no change at the top.

The ruling Civic Platform is tipped to win a second consecutive term. It would be the first Polish party to do so since the fall of communism in 1989.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk has portrayed himself as a safe pair of hands. Four more years in power would give his centre-right party a chance to press ahead with economic reforms and closer ties with the European Union.

But it is not in the bag just yet.

The conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party of outspoken ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski has narrowed the gap in some polls. He has said his political role is a moral obligation to his twin, Poland’s late President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash last year.

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