Poland’s presidential election too close to call as voting begins

Poland’s presidential election too close to call as voting begins

July 12, 2020

Andrzej Duda faces Rafał Trzaskowski in runoff that will shape country’s political future

Voting is under way in Poland’s presidential runoff, which pits the populist incumbent, Andrzej Duda, against the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski. The outcome will have a huge bearing on the country’s future political trajectory, and polls suggest the result could go either way.

Duda is allied to the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), and a win for him will give PiS control of most of the levers of power for several more years, allowing it to continue an agenda that has eroded the rule of law and judicial independence, putting Poland on a collision course with the EU.

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