Heavy hearts in Poland ahead of vote

Heavy hearts in Poland ahead of vote
# 19 June 2010 20:47 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Poland goes to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, in an election enveloped by national tragedy, APA reports quoting euronews.net website.

Voters will decide Sunday on the successor for the late President Lech Kaczynski.

Poland’s presidents carry out many ceremonial functions, but they can also veto laws.

The favourite to win is acting president and parliamentary speaker Bronislaw Kormorowski.

The 58-year-old is the candidate who represents the governing Civic Platform party and has the backing of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

He shares the premier’s pro-business views and wants to end Poland’s presence in Afghanistan as soon as possible.

Running against him is the late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw.

Kaczynski, a former prime minister known for his social conservatism and combative style, opposes joining the euro, fearing it would cause price hikes that would hit the poor hardest.

He is also a fierce critic of Tusk’s plans to cut welfare spending.

The president and first lady were among 96 people killed in a plane crash in western Russia on April 10.

The delegation was en route to a memorial service for Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces 70 years ago.
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