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PM says October's vote will be between 'two visions of Poland'

09.08.2023 10:30
Poland's upcoming parliamentary elections on October 15 will offer people a choice between the government’s vision of a “Poland based on solidarity” and a conflicting vision proposed by the opposition, the country's prime minister has said.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.PAP/Paweł Supernak

Mateusz Morawiecki made the statement in a live appearance on social media on Tuesday evening, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Earlier that day, President Andrzej Duda announced that Poland would hold a parliamentary election on October 15.

'The countdown begins'

The prime minister said on Facebook: “The president has called elections for October 15, and so the countdown begins ... In my view, these elections are absolutely crucial, representing a choice between two different visions of Poland.”

Morawiecki said his conservative government offered a vision of a “Poland based on solidarity, drawing on the legacy of the Solidarity movement, but also guided by the great principles of social solidarity.”

He added: “This is our vision of Poland. This is the vision we would like to continue to deliver.”

The prime minister said the government would "own up to any mistakes" and “face today’s challenges with an open visor.”

Morawiecki said he would host regular Q&A sessions on social media during the election campaign and encouraged voters "to share their hopes, concerns and ideas for Poland."

One of the key topics will be “Poland’s role in Europe,” he added.

He told the live audience: “For the first time in hundreds of years, Poland has an opportunity to assume an extremely high and intriguing position in the family of European countries.”

Morawiecki also reiterated his invitation for top German MEP Manfred Weber to hold a debate about the rule of law in Poland.

Weber, who leads the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) grouping in the European Parliament, on Sunday said that Poland’s ruling conservatives Law and Justice (PiS) “systematically attack the rule of law and the free media.”

The Polish prime minister said on Tuesday evening: “I am ready for a debate with Manfred Weber.”

Morawiecki also highlighted his government’s flagship policies, such as the universal child benefit, a reduction of personal income tax from 18 percent to 12 percent, and ending dependence on Russian oil and gas, the PAP news agency reported.


Source: PAP, Facebook

Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.