Showdown

Poland guaranteed female Prime Minister in October election?

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Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

Though Poland’s general election isn’t until October, one fact is all but certain — a woman will become the country’s next Prime Minister. The incumbent, Ewa Kopacz became the second woman to hold the position and remains the center-right Civic Platform (PO) candidate. Kopacz is challenged by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, who announced June 20 that deputy leader Beata Szydlo would become Prime Minister if the party wins. Though Kopacz says she wants to bring fresh faces into the party, recent polls show PiS has a 10-point lead over PO. All notions of progress aside, sociologist Karolina Wigura, director of the Public Debate Observatory in Warsaw suggests that both women are ill-attuned to the worries of a young generation of Poles, suggesting that the same problems exist with new female faces.

Read the full story at The Economist.

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