Polish president Duda faces tough run-off vote on July 12

Polish president Duda faces tough run-off vote on July 12
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  • calendar-gray 29 June 2020

Poland’s nationalist incumbent Andrzej Duda won the first round of a presidential election on Sunday but will have to face the centrist mayor of Warsaw in a run-off on July 12, in a race that could transform the nation’s ties with the European Union, APA reports citing Reuters.

The re-election of government ally Duda is crucial if the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party is to implement further its socially conservative agenda, including judiciary reforms the EU says contravene democratic standards.

An exit poll showed Duda winning 41.8% of ballots on Sunday, against 30.4% for Rafal Trzaskowski from the Civic Platform party. Final results could differ slightly but any changes are not expected to affect who will compete in the second round.

Two opinion polls conducted late on Sunday for private broadcaster showed Duda having a lead of less than 2 percentage points over Trzaskowski in two weeks.

 
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