Polish opposition parties in election coalition talks: liberal leader
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Poland’s opposition parties are discussing the possibility of joining forces in next year’s local government elections, the leader of the liberal Nowoczesna (Modern) group said on Friday.
Katarzyna Lubnauer talks to Polish Radio 3. Photo: PRSA
In an interview with Polish Radio, Katarzyna Lubnauer said she was in talks with key politicians from other opposition parties—including Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz of the Polish People’s Party (PSL) and Włodzimierz Czarzasty of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD)—to negotiate a potential election coalition.
According to Lubnauer, people in Poland do not want the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party to "take over local governments."
"I believe a broad coalition should be formed … to show that we can stand up to Law and Justice," she said.
"There is already a great imbalance in the state ... It is never beneficial when one party holds everything," Lubnauer told Polish Radio.
She confirmed reports that Nowoczesna would team up with the country’s largest opposition party, the Civic Platform (PO), to field a joint candidate for Warsaw mayor in the 2018 elections.
The PO’s Rafał Trzaskowski will be running for mayor, while Nowoczesna’s Paweł Rabiej will be his running mate, Lubnauer said.