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Polish president, challenger face off in last debate ahead of tight election

  • Andrzej Duda, Presidential candidate of Law and Justice  right wing opposition party, arrives to take part in the second debate  in a tv studio between Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski  ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff  in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Andrzej Duda, Presidential candidate of Law and Justice right wing opposition party, arrives to take part in the second debate in a tv studio between Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski arrives to take part in the second debate at a tv studio with opposition candidate Andrzej Duda ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff  in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski arrives to take part in the second debate at a tv studio with opposition candidate Andrzej Duda ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of  Andrzej Duda react in front of a tv studio during the second debate between opposition candidate Andrzej Duda,  and incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff  in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Supporters of Andrzej Duda react in front of a tv studio during the second debate between opposition candidate Andrzej Duda, and incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski ahead of the May 24 presidential runoff in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, May 21, 2015.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski and his challenger in a close election are facing off in a tense debate.

The debate is a final chance ahead of Sunday's balloting for the contenders to sway voters who still haven't decided if they want to re-elect Komorowski or replace him with Andrzej Duda, a 43-year-old lawyer and member of the European Parliament.

Komorowski, 62, has been a popular president and was long expected to easily win re-election. But now he appears to be suffering from a general disillusion among voters with the ruling Civic Platform party, which he is allied with.

At the start of the debate Thursday, Duda walked over to Komorowski and placed a small Civic Platform flag on his podium to remind voters of his links to the party.