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Poland's ruling parties reach deal to postpone election - statement

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed ballot boxes are seen in front of displayed Poczta Polska logo in this illustration taken May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its junior coalition partner have reached a deal to postpone the May 10 presidential vote and hold it at a later date via postal ballots, the two groupings said in a statement quoted by PAP news agency.

The timing of the election has become contentious in Poland with PiS insisting the vote is held as scheduled despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the opposition accusing it of putting political gain ahead of public health.

Reporting by Marcin Goclowski and ALicja Ptak, Writing by Joanna Plucinska; Editing by Sandra Maler