Outgoing President Andrzej Duda was declared the victor of Poland’s presidential election on Sunday, beating Warsaw’s liberal mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, by a narrow margin, 51.2 to 48.8 percent.
Duda is closely aligned with the rightist Law and Order Party, which has a majority of just five in Poland’s parliament, and since the post of president carries the right of veto for legislation, the poll was for far more than a ceremonial role.
Law and Order represents the conservative and pro-family elements in Polish society, with a largely rural support base, while Trzaskowski’s Civic Platform is regarded as representing more metropolitan elements.
Duda’s re-election is likely to increase tensions with the EU over quotas for migrant placement and the phasing out of coal plants.
PHOTO: Andrzej Duda Reuters