Poland votes: PiS and its pact with the people

Poles go to the ballot box on October 13. The upcoming elections are expected to point the way ahead for Poland — but critics fear the country could move further toward an authoritarian dictatorship.

The members of Poland’s governing PiS (Law and Justice) party are so convinced of an election victory that they believe the only hurdle left is stumbling over their own legs. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is officially a lawmaker but as leader of the PiS party is the person who pulls the strings, is certain: “We have the backing of a majority in our society, but whether this majority will show up at the ballot box in droves is not yet clear. If so, we will win; if not, our results could be mediocre.”

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