Close contest expected in Poland elections

Oct. 19, 2007 at 11:03 AM
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WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Political analysts expected a close contest in Poland’s parliamentary election between the ruling conservatives and a pro-EU liberal party.

Voters are to be cast ballots Sunday in Poland’s seventh parliamentary elections since the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Analysts have been cautious to name a clear-cut winner, the EU Observer said Friday.

Some analysts express fears that Sunday elections result could resemble to that in 2005 when no single party was able to form a majority government.

The Sunday elections are two years ahead of regular ones but were called after a coalition led by the nationalist Law and Justice party of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynsky collapsed in August over political disagreements with minor parties.

The leading opposition liberal Civic Platform, favoring economic reforms, is the key adversary to the ruling party, and latest public polls have indicated the two parties are running neck-and-neck.

Civic Platform’s leader Donald Tusk said he would bring back political stability to the country and improve relations with EU countries, EU Observer said.

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