Opposition Accuses Polish PM of Murder Threat

2 days before polls, Kaczynski set to crash
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2007 1:12 PM CDT
Poland's Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski right, and Donald Tusk, the leader of the main opposition party, the pro-business Civic Platform, talk before a live TV debate, a highlight in the campaign ahead...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With less than 48 hours to go until Poland votes in a snap parliamentary election, the opposition has pulled ahead over the ruling Kaczynski brothers' Law and Justice Party, says the Telegraph. Opposition leader Donald Tusk lagged earlier in the race but is now on course for victory after puncturing the image of Jaroslaw Kaczynski as a man of the people—and revealing that the PM once pulled a gun on him in parliament.

During a televised debate, Tusk claimed that Kaczynski flashed a pistol and said: "For me to kill you would be peanuts." The PM denied the allegation, though he has admitted that he carried a pistol in the 1990s. Younger Poles especially are eager to throw out the ruling twins, and the Wall Street Journal recounts a joke spreading via text message: "Hide Grandma's ID. Save the country. Don't let her vote."