Candidates debate on TV prior to presidential elections
PR dla Zagranicy
Ten of the presidential candidates have attended a live TV debate to outline their presidential manifestos, with President Bronisław Komorowski a notable exception.
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Although all eleven presidential candidates were invited to Tuesday's live debate on national broadcaster TVP, Komorowski declined the invitation to instead be interviewed by three journalists on the Polsat broadcaster.
The topics discussed in the TVP debate ranged from taxes, to the economy, to national security and foreign policy.
Here are a few snippets of what was said:
Magdalena Ogórek (endorsed by Democratic Left Alliance, SLD): All of Europe and all of the world live in fear of the Islamic State. […] The foremost duty of the president is to uphold the constitution. […] The president should not watch over [the nation's] conscience.
Andrzej Duda (Law and Justice, PiS): the President should protect Poles. [...] I declare the presidency to be open to social issues. For Poles to live in peace. […] What we need first is a change of power. The first opportunity [to do so, will be] in a few days.
Jacek Wilk (Congress of the New Right): We [Poland] have the worst constitution in history. [...] We have to rewrite it from scratch. [...] We have no separation of powers in Poland. Poland is managed by clerical decrees. [...] There is administrative supervision over the courts. [...] I am in favour of a presidential system with a clear separation of powers.
Janusz Korwin-Mikke (KorWin): I will not be spinning tall tales […] This cannot go on. We either change Poland back to normal, or the last one out turns off the lights. And we can meet in the UK [Where many Poles have been leaving to find word – ed.]. And there you cannot even choose the Queen. I believe in us and in our Poland.
Janusz Palikot (Your Movement): I would not be surprised if, after listen to this debate , a thousand more young people will leave the country. [...] We must abolish the Senate.
The presidential election has been slated for 10 May. (rg)