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Poland: Opposition candidate Duda wins Presidential elections


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what has been described as a ‘shock win’, Conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda from the Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party won Poland's presidential run-off with 51.55 percent of the vote, official results showed Monday according to AFP.

According to Reuters, with parliamentary elections due in late October, the defeat for President  Komorowski, an ally of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and a former Civic Platform lawmaker, will weigh on the party's chance of re-election.

Reuters reported that Mr. Duda who will be sworn in on Aug. 6, has called for a more assertive stance by Poland in the EU, saying Warsaw should primarily "focus on its interests" and not those of its bigger partners like Germany on France.

 

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