Poland's parliament has called early elections, a poll that will pit the ruling conservative Kaczynski brothers against the pro-EU opposition party, the Civic Platform.
Parliament was dissolved on Friday, with the president's office later announcing October 21 as the date for elections, according to state television.
The move comes after the the collapse of the coalition government led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the prime minister. His brother, Lech, is Poland's president.
Of the 460-member parliament, 377 deputies supported the vote to dissolve parliament and call early elections.
"Now Poles will be able to chose if they want a modernised, growing Poland or a Poland ruled by a network of oligarchs," prime minister Kaczynski told a news conference after the vote.
Kaczynski wants a clear mandate for social policies to support families who have not benefited from an economic boom and a programme to rid the establishment of what he calls a corrupt post-communist elite.
But many businesses hope for a strong showing by the Civic Platform (PO), which wants to speed up change in central Europe's biggest economy and move more quickly to adopt the Euro.
Donald Tusk, the Civic Platform leader, said: "Only an early election can bring a better government to this country."
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