Poland poised to hand conservatives victory

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WARSAW: Poland seems poised to end eight years of centrist government in general elections on Sunday, with surveys showing the opposition conservatives firmly ahead after running a campaign of anti-refugee rhetoric and welfare promises. The euroskeptic Law and Justice (PiS) party led by controversial ex-premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski commands an 8-to-12 point poll lead over the liberal, pro-European Civic Platform (PO) of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. Analysts say the PiS could even end up governing alone. Despite a quarter-century of explosive growth and vastly improved living standards since communism’s demise, bread-and-butter issues coupled with fears sparked by Europe’s migrant crisis dominated campaigning.

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