Poland To Elect New President
On June 28th
Conservative incumbent Duda looks set to face off against liberal leftist Trzaskowski in the contest’s second round
By Robert Strybel
WARSAW–Poland’s presidential election, originally set for May 10th, will be held on June 28th, Marshal (Speaker) of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek announced . on June 3rd. The opposition controlled Senate had purposely stalled to make the May ballot impossible ostensibly because “mail-in voting constituted a serious health hazard during the pandemic.”
The real reason for the delay was that the liberal-leftist Civic Coalition (KO) sought to avoid a humiliating defeat one election day. Surveys showed that conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda could have won re-election in the first round with 57% backing, while his main opposition rival,Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, could count on only 2%.
The delay enabled the KO to change horses in midstream and replace her with Warsaw’s liberal Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski. That was a providential move for the KO, as Trzaskowski’s support shot up to 15%, and as of this wring (June 3rd) stands at 27%. Duda could count on 41.2% support. The election will combine in-person voting with mail-in ballots.
Under Polish law, if no candidate wins more than 50% percent of the vote, a second round will be held two weeks later. Other contenders widely seen as dark-horse candidates are independent journalist and TV personality Szymon Hołownia with 12% support, rural activist Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz (7%) and nationalist Krzysztof Bosak (6%). Leftist Robert Biedroń, a declared homosexual who had been in third place in the opinion polls, is now at the bottom of the barrel with a mere 2% backing.
It appears that Duda will face off agonist Trzaskowski in the second round of the election on July 12th. One survey shows it will be an extremely close clash with Duda winning by a mere two-tenths of one percent. The incumbent would garner 44.5% percent of the vote and his chief rival could count on 44.3%.
Conservative Andrzej Duda represents a pro-Polish, pro-American pro-Catholic, pro-family and people-friendly philosophy that has helped de-marginalize Poles living in neglected small towns and rural areas. He wants Poland to develop into a major, economically sovereign European power.
Rafał Trzaskowski, a left-leaning liberal who enjoys the support of big-city elites, is a pro-globalist and LGBT supporter who is focused on the European Union and wants Poland to remain subservient to multinational corporations. He debunks Duda’s plan to build central-east Europe’s major air hub in central Poland, saying: “That is Polish megalomania. In two years, such a hub is due to open in Berlin.”