World Presidential election in Poland: Duda narrowly re-elected, the country more divided than ever

13:10  13 july  2020
13:10  13 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The re - election of Duda , an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), is crucial President Andrzej Duda was ahead by a tiny margin in Poland ’s presidential election against his europhile rival but the result is too close to call, an exit poll on Sunday showed, keeping the country in suspense

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Le président polonais sortant Andrzej Duda a été réélu pour 5 ans, le 13 juillet 2020. © JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP Outgoing Polish President Andrzej Duda was re-elected for 5 years, on July 13, 2020.

Ultra-conservative President Andzrej Duda l won with 51.2% of the vote against 48.8% for his opponent, the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski. The ruling PiS party therefore retains full powers. But in a ballot marked by historic participation, Poland emerged more fractured than ever.

With our correspondent in Warsaw, Thomas Giraudeau and our special correspondent, Anastasia Becchio

The few tens of thousands of ballots which have not yet been counted will not change the situation. The outgoing president is re-elected for five new years as head of the country. This is what the president of the Election Commission said when he announced the first partial results on Monday morning.

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Andrzej Duda narrowly wins over his opponent, Rafal Trzaskowski . The head of state made the difference thanks to an exceptional mobilization in the villages, in the countryside, the heart of his electorate, but also among the elderly. No upheaval therefore on the Polish political scene, the Head of State is preparing to stack for five years. This victory should allow the government of the Law and Justice party to continue implementing its conservative program started in 2015.


This Sunday evening, when the first estimates released from the polls gave it slightly in the lead, with 50.4% voices, Andrzej Duda had already claimed victory. In front of his supporters, he presented himself as a unifying president. Surprisingly, he even apologized to the Poles whom he may have hurt through his actions or words for the past five years. One thinks of his very violent remarks towards LGBT people during the campaign.

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Presidential elections were held in Poland on 10 and 24 May 2015. In the first round of voting, opposition Law and Justice (PiS) candidate Andrzej Duda received the greatest number of votes with

The current president of Poland , Andrzej Duda , is running for a second term and is now winning the second round of presidential elections , TASS reported. Taking into account the updated information received from 90% of the regional election commissions, Duda won 51% of the vote.

While his party, PiS, Law and Justice, has deeply divided society for five years, it is difficult to see how Andrzej Duda could reconcile the Poles. Almost half of the voters rejected it, voting for its opponent.

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Political fracture recorded

When Duda was already celebrating his victory, Rafal Trzaskowski was in town, in Warsaw, in a park on the banks of the Vistula. He still wanted to believe it. His supporters left home with the hope of seeing the trend reverse overnight. In vain.

After such a tight ballot and such a polarized campaign, the country is more than ever cut in half. The divide is marked between a very conservative, nationalist Poland, attached to traditional values, and a more liberal Poland, more turned towards Europe. The mayor of Warsaw had promised to restore ties with the European Union, strained since the PiS came to power.

The division widened between the big cities which voted with 66% for Rafal Trzaskowski and the campaigns where 63% of the voters chose Andrzej Duda. The Civic Platform candidate won the votes of those under 30, that of PiS, those over 60.

On the opposition side, we praised this Sunday evening the performance of Rafal Trzaskowski who entered the race only one month from the first round. We had against us the whole state apparatus, its propaganda and we on our side civil society. this is only the beginning, warned the Warsaw groom in front of his supporters.

Lambsdorff regrets President Duda's re-election in Poland .
© JANEK SKARZYNSKI Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, an FDP external expert, regretted the re-election of Polish President Andrzej Duda. The FDP foreign expert Alexander Graf Lambsdorff regretted the re-election of the Polish President Andrzej Duda.

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