Andrzej Duda wins Presidential poll
Andrzej Duda of the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party has won the Presidential election according to exit polls published after yesterday’s second round contest.
Duda is said to have taken 52% of the vote compared with 48% for incumbent president Bronislaw Komorowski. The President was quick to congratulate Mr Duda and his acceptance speech the new President made it clear that he wanted to rebalance communities and to work for all the Polish people.
Andrej Duda (43) will assume office on 6th August. The candidate of the centre-right and Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party (PiS), he is a lawyer and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He has a law degree from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and went on to teach at the University. He received a Doctorate from the same university.
In 2006 Andrej Duda was appointed Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczynski but resigned that position when Bronislaw Komorowski was elected President. Duda went on to stand in the 2011 general election for the PiS and was elected in the Krakow district where he was brought up. In the 2014 European Elections he was elected an MEP, standing down from the Sejm (Polish parliament) at the same time. He is married with one daughter.
The result of yesterday’s election means that the general election later this year is expected to be a close and hotly contested race with the ruling Civic Platform (PO) now having to do all the work.