Andrzej Duda holds Poland's presidency in close election

The National Electoral Commission revealed that Andrzej Duda was re-elected president with 51,2% of the vote, the least significant victory in Poland since 1989.

Poland's current president, Andrzej Duda, renewed his term as president and narrowly defeated rival Rafal Trzaskowski in the presidential vote that took place on Sunday, July 12.

The National Electoral Commission revealed on July 13 that Andrzej Duda was again elected president with 51,2% of the vote, the least significant victory in Poland since 1989. The vote was attended by 68,2% of the population.

During the election campaign period, Trzaskowski emerged as the face of change in the country and Duda pledged to support the legislative agenda of the Law and Justice (PiS) party. In mid-June, Andrzej Duda pointed out that the “LGBT ideology” was more destructive than the “communist indoctrination”, he came out against abortion and guaranteed that he would support the values ​​of the “traditional” family.

In addition to criticism of the LGBT community, Duda, Poland's president since 2015, was also accused of putting politics ahead of public health when he tried to get elections to take place in May, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when polls pointed to was ahead.

Despite Andrzej Duda's victory it is possible that there are legal disputes over the approximate result and speculation that there were some irregularities during the voting.

The Civic Platform, a center-right opposition that supported Trzaskowski, told Reuters it was collecting information about the "irregularities" in the vote, which includes reports from Poles who were not given the opportunity to vote because they did not receive the necessary items.

An analyst consulted by the news agency AFP guarantees that the political struggle did not stop there. "I think there will certainly be electoral protests and that the whole issue will end in court," said Warsaw University political scientist Anna Materska-Sosnowska.

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