WARSAW – Duda likely to win re-election

In the presidential runoff, Poland’s current president Andrzej Duda (PiS) received 51.21% of the vote, while his opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski (PO), obtained 48,79%, after 99,97% districts counted.

The turnout was the highest in Poland’s history of presidential elections with 68.9%, and the final results are to be announced by the State Election Commission either Monday (13 July) or on Tuesday (14 July).

Out of 11 candidates participating in the first round of the election (28 June), incumbent president Andrzej Duda and the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski obtained the highest results (43.5% and 30.46% respectively) to enter the second round. Here’s the latest sum-up.

“Winning the presidential election with almost 70% turnout is incredible news,” said the president immediately after the announcement of the exit poll results. “I thank you for all the voices and those that evaluated my policy positively and critically,” he added.

Duda also congratulated his opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski.

“I congratulate Trzaskowski on his result, congratulations with all my heart. I also thank his voters for taking part in the elections and for casting their votes”, said Duda, who also invited Trzaskowski to the Presidential Palace for 11 pm after the elections.

In response, Trzaskowski said, however, that the meeting may take place, but only after the announcement of the final election results.

“We will fight to keep Poland open and tolerant. We will continue to fight for free courts and in the defence of women. We will stand by the weaker ones and those on whom hatred is poured from public media,” Trzaskowski stressed, after saying that he believes he’ll be victorious on Monday. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)

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