Tuesday 12 December 2017

Duda wins Polish presidential vote

Opposition candidate Andrzej Duda celebrates with supporters (AP)
Opposition candidate Andrzej Duda celebrates with supporters (AP)

Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election, ousting the incumbent in a run-off vote, official results show.

Mr Duda, a right-wing member of the European Parliament, won 51.55% of the votes, the State Electoral Commission said.

President Bronislaw Komorowski, allied with the ruling pro-business Civic Platform, garnered 48.45% of votes in the second round of voting on Sunday.

Turnout was 55.34% in the country of more than 37 million people.

Mr Duda, a 43-year-old lawyer with experience in the government, will be taking office in August.

His win is a serious warning for the ruling government before autumn parliamentary elections.

Press Association

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