PM addresses local party meeting in Rzeszow

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attended a meeting of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Rzeszow, south-eastern Poland, on Sunday and said that Poland faces four major challenges: the economy, values, remembrance, and "the soul of the community."

Addressing PiS supporters at the Podkarpackie Philharmonic, Morawiecki noted that the PiS party's victory in last year's parliamentary elections should be completed with victory in the upcoming presidential elections. In his opinion, the party's successes would not have been achieved without incumbent President Andrzej Duda.

Morawiecki observed that that PiS has set great goals for this term. In this respect, he listed three major "races" the party will run in. The first is the economic race, "for a better, fairer economy" that will take place as part of the digital and ecological revolution. He estimated that the development of the economy in the coming decades will depend on how Poles will make use of these.

Regarding the second goal, the PM referred to values such as family, the rule and law and faith. "These values are a foundation, on which further floors can be built," he said.

"The third race is the race for remembrance, which is important for maintaining the direction for the future," Morawiecki said. He pointed out that victory depends on "whether we will be forced into the space of accomplice-criminals (...) or whether we will hold our head high as the heirs of the great heroes of the most terrible World War II."

Speaking about the fourth race, he listed "the race for the soul of our community, the spirit of the Polish nation, which was cruelly destroyed during World War II." Morawiecki explained that this was about building a community of goals, fighting for identity, tradition and modernity at the same time.

The prime minister said that Podkarpackie province is very good at combining the last two elements. "You set an example for the whole of Poland," Morawiecki noted, referring to PiS's results in the national elections, in which the party received over 60 percent support in two Podkarpackie constituencies.

He declared that the eastern regions could still count on the government's support, including support in infrastructural development, however, as he noted, this requires "a unity of vision and common goals." He noted that such a vision can be accomplished only by the victory of incumbent President Andrzej Duda.

In his opinion, only Duda's victory can guarantee that the next four years in Poland will be as successful as the previous four.