Poland Elects Komorowski

Bronislaw Komorowski of the Civic Platform (PO) party has been elected as Poland's newest president following a run-off election against Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice (PiS) party. The first round of elections took place earlier last month and ended with no clear victor as even the leading candidate, Komorowski, failed to gain 50 percent of the vote.

The top two candidates of the first round went head to head in the run off election on Sunday 4 July in a hard-fought race. Both centre-right candidate Komorowski and conservative Kaczynski (twin brother of former President Lech Kaczynski) appeared to have nearly equal support across the country. Even on election day, exit polls were divided when attempting to predict results.

While it seemed by Sunday evening that Komorowski was to be the winner, it wasn't until Monday afternoon that the official results were announced. With a 55 per cent turn out, Kaczynski won nearly 47 percent of the vote while Komorowski won just over 53 percent and was crowned victor. The official swearing-in ceremony for President Bronislaw Komorowski will taking place in August.


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