Polish Opposition Picks Surprise PM Candidate For Election
Muhammad Irfan 17 days ago Wed 04th September 2019 | 01:20 AM
Warsaw, Sept 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Sep, 2019 ) :One of the leaders of Poland's main opposition group on Tuesday made the surprise announcement to step aside as candidate for the premiership in next month's general election.
Grzegorz Schetyna, a leader of the Civic Coalition (KO) group, presented deputy parliament speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska as their candidate for premier.
Many had expected Schetyna himself to get the role.
"People want calm and reason, for someone to show up who 'will be able to unite you all', as they say," said Schetyna after announcing Kidawa-Blonska.
The governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is polling at 40 percent, with the KO -- which unites several parties opposed to the PiS -- trailing on 25 percent.
"Kidawa-Blonska is not very controversial and can attract more votes than Schetyna," political analyst Anna Materska-Sosnowska told AFP.
Current polling ahead of the October 13 general election puts a leftist coalition in third with 12 percent, while some polls suggest that the PSL farmers' party and a nationalist coalition could break the five-percent threshold and enter parliament.