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Opposition parties bickering, but so what
July 5, 2005   
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The major Polish opposition parties and likely future government coalition partners, centrist Civic Platform (PO) and conservative Law and Justice (PiS) once again faced off over the introduction of a flat tax rate in Poland.

Jan Rokita, one of the PO leaders, reiterated the party's mantra of a flat tax rate and restoring honesty in public life. The strong stance of PO was later supported by Donald Tusk, PO's presidential candidate and party leader.

"We (PO) will surely not participate in any government that...will not be able to solve these two fundamental challenges," Rokita said in a radio interview on Saturday.

"In such a case [lack of support for 15% VAT, PIT and CIT] the government will be formed without PO," he added.

PiS strongly underlines its reluctance to the flat tax rate idea. The party's leader and presidential candidate Lech Kaczynski sees the move more as a political game to gain an upper hand before the elections, rather than a strong policy platform.

"These are only demonstrations," Kaczynski said on Monday.

"We will clearly not agree for 3x15% [PIT, CIT, VAT] program, as it will strike the wide majority of Polish society," Kaczynski added. [editor's note: lower taxes for everybody? You're right. That sucks. It might even jump start a stagnant economy.]

Poland is heading towards autumn elections which will likely sweep off ruling left-wing parties from power. PO and PiS, which lead election polls with a similar support, are most likely to take reigns of the country after the elections.
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