Poland: Parliamentary election set for Oct. 25

WARSAW: Poland's president has set Oct. 25 as the date for this year's parliamentary election, voting that could end eight years of rule by the pro-European and pro-market Civic Platform party.

The country's last general election was in the fall of 2011. This year's election was required to take place no later than four years later, meaning balloting by late October was long expected.

President Bronislaw Komorowski, who set the exact date Friday, himself lost re-election several weeks ago and will be replaced on Aug. 6 by Andrzej Duda.

Duda was backed by Law and Justice, a nationalistic party that is conservative on social issues but favors a stronger welfare state. Recent polls show it has a strong chance of taking power in parliament in the fall.