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Poland to hold parliamentary elections Oct. 25
July 20, 2015   
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Bronislaw Komorowski
Poland will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday, Oct. 25, President Bronislaw Komorowski has announced, a date that leaves the ruling Civic Platform three months to try to win back some of the voters who have abandoned it in droves, disillusioned with its eight years in power.

Poles will head to the ballot box to elect 460 deputies to the lower house of parliament, the Sejm, and 100 senators to the upper house. All will be elected for four-year terms.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, the Civic Platform (PO) leader, said she will take on Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, in Warsaw, where the two will be their parties' top candidates.

After months of steady declines, the Civic Platform (PO) saw its support climb 3 percentage points in July to 23%, according to a survey by polling company TNS Polska.

Though the PO is still trailing behind PiS, the poll findings offer some hope to Kopacz's party, which has been shaken by a recent scandal over wiretapping of top politicians and officials.

Three ministers, the lower house Speaker and a string of senior government officials unexpectedly resigned June 10 after documents from a probe into an eavesdropping scandal were leaked on the internet.

Meanwhile, Law and Justice has continued to see an increase in support and is backed by 37% of voters, up by 3 percentage points, according to the TNS Polska poll.
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