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Polish leader debates challenger ahead of weekend elections

Polish PM and challenger debate ahead of election, 1st time 2 women compete for top job

Polish leader debates challenger ahead of weekend elections

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's pro-business prime minister has faced off against her main challenger in a debate ahead of general elections this weekend -- the first time two women are the top two contenders to lead the country.

The debate took place Monday evening between Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz of the pro-European Civic Platform party and Beata Szydlo of the conservative and populist Law and Justice party, which is significantly ahead in the polls.

Kopacz said a victory by Law and Justice, which promises more spending and tax cuts to help struggling Poles, would threaten Poland's finances and lead to a crisis similar to that in cash-strapped Greece.

Szydlo, in turn, accused the current government of being corrupt and ineffective and said it has failed to fight for Polish interests in Europe.

Updated : 2021-09-26 10:50 GMT+08:00