Polish election: Andrzej Duda victory hands populists free rein

Polish election: Andrzej Duda victory hands populists free reinJuly 13, 2020

President’s critics fear result will boost illiberal tendencies at home and within EU

Poland’s ruling populists have been given free rein in their mission to reshape the country after liberal hopes of taking the presidency were crushed in a narrow defeat following a divisive campaign.

The incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, was elected for another five-year term as a familiar set of demographic divisions played out in the vote. Poles under 50 and those living in larger towns and cities backed the liberal challenger, Rafał Trzaskowski, while older and rural voters stood by Duda.

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