Polish presidential race neck and neck

Oct. 21, 2005 at 9:26 AM
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WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Polls leading up to Poland's run-off presidential election Sunday show support for both right-leaning candidates are neck and neck Friday.

Three national polls either had Lech Kaczynski or Donald Tusk even, or one or two points ahead of one another, the BBC said.

Tusk, of the Civil Platform party, has been the frontrunner, but conservative Kaczynski, of the Law and Justice party, made gains in the past few days.

The run-off is necessary, as neither man achieved the required 50 percent of the vote in national elections last month.

Under Poland's constitution, the president has less power than the country's prime minister, but has a significant say in foreign policy.

The outgoing communist President Aleksander Kwasniewski cannot run again, having served the maximum two five-year terms permitted.

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