Poland's President Andrzej Duda says he is asking the country's lawmakers to lower the retirement age, in a move that reverses a recent reform by the government.

Duda's announcement comes ahead of the Oct. 25 general election in which the conservative Law and Justice party that backs him is expected to win over the governing Civic Platform.

Duda said Monday that he wants women to be able to retire at the age of 60 and men, at 65, or to choose to continue to work.

In 2013, the Civic Platform government raised the retirement age to 67 for men and women, citing economic reasons.