Poland votes in early parliamentary election

Other News Materials 21 October 2007 14:36

( RIA Novosti ) - Poland is voting Sunday in an early parliamentary election, with Poles set to choose between their nationalist incumbent prime minister, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and center-right pro-business challenger Donald Tusk.

Tusk, who heads the Civic Platform Party, has promised an "economic miracle" in the country, a complete withdrawal of Polish troops from Iraq, tax cuts, and to attract back the vast number of Poles who have left the country to work in wealthier Western European states.

Kaczynski, 58, who has led Poland for two years with his twin brother Lech, the country's president, remains popular among the older generation. However, the leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party has lost some support over his aggressive attitude to Russia, his backing of U.S. missile shield plans, his conservative Catholic stance on social issues, and perceived lack of progress in tackling official corruption.

Before campaigning ended on Friday, opinion polls gave the opposition Civic Platform Party a slight lead over the conservative ruling Law and Justice Party.