August Start for new Polish President
- New Europe Investor
- May 25, 2015
Law and Justice candidate Andrzej Duda will be sworn in as the Polish President on 6th August.
President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat last night following the exit poll which put him on 48% of the vote, compared to 52% for Duda.
The official count for the voting which took place yesterday, is expected to be released by the State Electoral Commission on Monday evening.
The news will not bode well for Prime Minister, Eva Kopacz and her party Civic Platform, who will have to contest a general election later in the year.
Andrzej Duda, 43, will be Poland’s sixth president since communism came to an end in 1989.
Bronislaw Komorowski came to power following Poland’s last president, Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia in 2010.
Following the result he told a crowd of gathering supporters, “I respect your choice. I wish my challenger a successful presidency.”
Prior to the election, Komorowski had been the outright favourite to retain his presidency. He had initially avoided TV debates, something which many believe ultimately cost him the election.