Polish Duda narrowly defeated Trzaskowski in the presidential vote

Polish Duda narrowly defeated Trzaskowski in the presidential vote
Current Polish President Andrzej Duda narrowly defeated his opponent, Raval Trzaskowski, in Sunday's presidential election.

The National Electoral Commission said that Mr. Doda received 51.2% of the vote.

It was the slimmest victory in Poland's presidential election since the end of Communism in 1989.

One of the main issues in the elections was the future of strained relations with the European Union.

Mr Duda is a social conservative allied to the government led by the National Law and Justice Party (PiS), while Trazkowski is the liberal social mayor of Warsaw.

Duda victory is expected to lead to more controversial reforms of the judiciary and her continued opposition to abortion and gay rights.

During the campaign, Duda came under heavy criticism after saying that gay rights were "more ideological" than communism.

What are the results?

At a press conference on Monday morning, the heads of the Electoral Commission said they were not sure when the full results would be announced, as some polling stations had not yet submitted their number.

But with 99% of all constituencies reporting, these numbers were not expected to affect the outcome. The participation rate was reportedly 68.2%.

The opposition civilian platform group (PO) - which supported Mr. Trzkowski - told Reuters news agency it was gathering information on voting "irregularities" after the polls closed on Sunday, including reports that Poles abroad did not receive their voting packages in a timely manner To participate in. The election.

Analysts believe that a close score can lead to court challenges.

"I think there will definitely be electoral protests, and I think the whole case will be concluded in the Supreme Court," Anna Materska Sosnowska, a political scientist at Warsaw University, told Agence France Presse.

The elections were scheduled for May, when Mr. Duda was higher in the polls and had a better chance of winning the first round.

Although the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak, the government was desperate to vote in May to move forward.

Eventually it fell back when a small coalition partner joined the opposition in saying that PiS puts politics ahead of public health.

President Duda's victory means that the ruling PiS party can now implement its program unimpeded until the next parliamentary elections within three years.

The presidential elections were the closest since the fall of Communism in 1989, but a high turnout means President Doda won a clear mandate.

Despite the economic impact of the coronavirus, the government has pledged to continue the popular welfare program that helped lift many Polish families out of poverty.

Most controversially, PiS said it wanted to complete its judicial reform - a policy criticized by the European Union and many other international organizations for undermining the rule of law in Poland. This indicates further tension with Brussels.

PiS may wish to use Duda's victory to pursue greater political control of local government and private media.

But passing legislation to curb foreign ownership of important private media outlets is tough under European Union rules and runs the risk of upsetting the main ally of Poland, the United States, as one of the country's most well-known broadcast companies, TVN, owned by an American company.

Mr. Duda's victory shows that there are strong electors for social conservatism and generous state aid. But the proximity approach also indicates that many in Poland are uncomfortable with the government's attempts to introduce a more liberal democracy.

What was the media reaction?

Polish and European journalists see the elections as revealing deep fault lines in Polish society, according to BBC Monitoring Reports.

Polityka says in its weekly headline: "Young people against old cities against the countryside."

The conservative daily newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, calls for "repairing divisions" and says politicians across the spectrum are aware that there is an urgent need to "stick" to a polarized society.

Some commentators say that large arms in the media and the country have spread against the opposition candidate in what the liberal liberal daily Gazeta Viborza considered the battle of "David against Goliath."

"Just like Orwell's Ministry of Truth, PiS media promoted Doda's cult as she raised mud in Raval Trzaskowski." But, despite the mechanism of lies, the camp of democracy demonstrated that half of society believed: “No, we had had enough! "

Polityka finds positive for the losing side and says Trzaskowski "breathed new life" into "inactive" opposition.

This was echoed by German Sueddeutsche Zeitung, who says Trzaszkowski is "a hero, even without victory."

In neighboring Slovakia, Aktuality.sk says Mr Duda's victory will tempt the ruling party "to see how far they can go."

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