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World Andrzej Duda: Trump ally declared winner of Poland's presidential race

13:16  13 july  2020
13:16  13 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory over Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in the country' s presidential election despite an exit poll Sunday showing the result is too close to call.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is leading the polls by a slim margin with the nationwide vote count nearly over. The election commission has said the final Duda , an ally of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, got 51.2 percent of the vote, the National Electoral Commission announced after

Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda has been declared the winner of this weekend's tightly fought and divisive election.

Andrzej Duda, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: US President Donald Trump endorsed Duda in the days leading up to the first round of voting. © Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump endorsed Duda in the days leading up to the first round of voting.

Duda, backed by the nationalist ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, won with 51.21% of the vote, the country's election committee said Monday. The more liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, of the center-right opposition Civic Platform party (PO), garnered 48.79%.

His victory will be seen by PiS as a validation of the populist policies it has pursued since coming to power in 2015. Critics worry the win gives the government a blank check to continue its controversial reforms, including the reshaping of the judiciary.

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WARSAW — Poland ’ s presidential election, widely viewed as the most important since the end of Communist rule in 1989, failed to produce a clear winner on Sunday night, though final exit polls showed President Andrzej Duda leading the challenger, Rafal Trzaskowski.

Poland ' s incumbent candidate Andrzej Duda won the country' s presidential election, Poland ' s National Electoral Commission said Monday, securing a second five-year term for the right-wing president . With results in from over 99% of polling stations, and remaining uncounted votes unlikely

Voter turnout was more than 68%, according to the committee, the highest Poland has seen in 25 years for a presidential poll.

Duda initially declared victory on Sunday, but the Warsaw mayor refused to accept defeat, saying exit polls showed the election was still too close to call. By Monday morning, more than 99% of the votes had been counted, and the election committee's chairman said any additional votes would not change the outcome.

Election issues

During campaigning, Duda sought to mobilize his more conservative, largely rural base with appeals to traditional Catholic values and a promise to maintain popular social welfare policies, such as a child allowance and lower pension age.

His focus on the issue of LGBTQ rights -- at one point describing them as an "ideology" worse than Soviet-era communism -- highlighted the deep cultural divisions in this Central European nation of 38 million people.

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Poland ’ s presidential runoff election was too close to call Sunday night as exit polling showed incumbent President Andrzej Duda ahead of challenger Rafal Trzaskowski. If Duda — an ally of President Trump — is reelected, he could help Poland ’ s ruling right-wing party continue its hard-line

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exit poll in Poland ’ s presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative, populist Voting started Sunday in Poland ’ s razor-blade-close presidential election runoff between the conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda and liberal

Duda's reelection may help the PiS consolidate power after losing control of Poland's upper house, the Senate, to the opposition in parliamentary elections last October. Its ruling coalition still narrowly controls the lower house, the Sejm.

The government's radical reforms to the courts and stance on LGBTQ issues, supported by Duda, have already put Poland on a collision course with the European Union.

But with Duda in the presidency for another term, the PiS -- led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski -- is likely to continue on the same path.

Duda has built close ties with US President Donald Trump since welcoming him to Warsaw in 2017. He received a boost from Trump last month, when he became the first foreign leader to visit the White House after months of coronavirus lockdown.

Trump has suggested that some of the US troops he plans to withdraw from Germany may head to Poland.

Global impact

The outcome of the election could reverberate beyond Poland.

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Incumbent Andrzej Duda was marginally ahead in Poland ’ s presidential election on Sunday, an exit poll found, in a result seen as likely to have profound implications for Warsaw’s relations with the rest of the European Union. The re-election of Duda , an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS)

Poland ’ s incumbent president Andrzej Duda was slightly ahead in Sunday’ s presidential election, a late poll showed, a narrow victory which if confirmed would allow the ruling nationalists to deepen their conservative reforms. The late poll combines exit poll data with partial official results. Duda , an ally of

The country is a major beneficiary of EU funding and the bloc as an institution is popular with Poles. A Pew Research Center poll published last October found that 84% of those surveyed in Poland had a favorable opinion of the European Union.

But if the Polish government moves further to weaken the rule of law, in the view of EU leaders, its position in the bloc could be damaged.

The European Commission has already launched several infringement procedures, including Article 7, over Poland's radical reforms to the judiciary, which the PiS insists are necessary to root out corruption.

In campaigning, Duda argued that the very close cooperation between president and government was in the interests of Poland and should continue.

Trzaskowski told CNN before the election Poland needed a "balance of power where the president of the Republic can cooperate with the government as needed, for instance when it comes to restoring good relations with the European Union, but who is ready veto legislation for instance that meddles with the rule of law."

Poland's Duda slightly ahead in presidential vote: exit poll

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Szczecin, Poland (CNN) Poland is a country deeply divided over cultural issues, and the direction the former Soviet bloc nation should take next: does it want to be a US President Donald Trump walks with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda before a press conference at the White House last month.

Poland ’ s incumbent president Andrzej Duda was slightly ahead in Sunday’ s presidential election, a late poll showed, a narrow victory which if confirmed would allow the ruling nationalists to deepen their conservative reforms. The late poll combines exit poll data with partial official results. Duda , an ally of

Poland should again be a constructive member of the European Union rather than being marginalized, he said.

"That's why it is very important to restore good relations with our closest neighbors. And, you know, we have the same goals, even with this conservative government when it comes to security, when it comes to our relations with Russia, with our Eastern neighbors. But we just have to be strong and influential and that's the goal for the president of the Republic."

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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