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Coalition or bust? Left-wing parties mull team-up for elections
July 16, 2015   
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Leszek Miller
Three Polish left-wing parties that are struggling to muster support from voters will decide Saturday whether to form a coalition as they prepare for the country's autumn parliamentary elections.

Recent opinion polls have shown that the opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Your Movement and the Green Party could all fail to secure the five percent of votes needed by an individual party to make it into the lower house.

Under Poland's elections rules, a coalition needs eight percent support to have deputies in parliament.

Local SLD activists have voiced doubts about entering into a coalition. However, SLD leader Leszek Miller told public broadcaster TVP: "Every agreement entails risk but politicians should take risks."

Krzysztof Gawkowski, secretary general of the SLD, said: All those in favor of going it alone don't sense that they are taking the path of the kamikaze, which will unfortunately end in death."
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