Poland to hold snap parliamentary election - shock announcement

Polish President Mr Duda’s office has announced that the election will take place as soon as October 13. Mr Duda, 47, took office in Warsaw in 2015 and has served as the sixth Polish leader. He also served as an MEP for a year before he was elected.

Mr Duda said on Friday he expected the election to the place in October, though this has only just been confirmed today by his administration.

He was confident Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party will win.

He puts this down to his work on social programmes and economic growth.

Under Polish law the election must take place between October 13 and November 10.

He said on Friday: “I proposed October 13 as the election date.”

He added confirmation of the date would come this week.

Pollster IBRIS predicts PiS would attract 41.7 of votes compared to 25 percent from the party’s main opposition, Civic Coalition.

It was also expected any liberal or leftist parties would attract around 10.2 percent of votes.

Though another win by populist Mr Duda could make their already bitter relationship with the EU even worse.

Poland has faced increasing criticism from the bloc over their judicial system and allegations of growing authoritarianism.

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans in April launched fresh action against Warsaw over its controversial judicial reform.

Mr Timmermans said at the time: “A problem in one member state is a problem for the union as whole.

“Unfortunately, rule-of-law concerns have multiplied around the union over the past years.

“There is still reluctance, I have to be honest about that, among member states, to address painful issues amongst each other.

“This is something the member states in the Council will have to face. If they want to be more effective, if they want peer pressure to work, they also have to bite the bullet sometimes.”

Poland has already been slapped with an “Article 7” disciplinary investigation by fellow EU member states.

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