Poland To Have Second Stage of Presidential Election July 4

Bronislaw Komorowski’s unexpectedly narrow win in the first round of Poland’s presidential elections opens the way for a bruising battle for the second round on July 4, something that may prompt an auction of promises between him and his rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

With 95 per cent of the votes counted, Komorowski had 41.2 per cent of the vote, and Kaczynski had 36.7 per cent. The result is weaker than had been expected for Komorowski, and stronger than opinion polls had suggested for Kaczynski, Financial Times says.

The two leaders must now go head-to-head in a runoff vote on July 4, without eight other candidates who ran Sunday.

Kaczynski, 61, addressing supporters Sunday evening, made a rare reference to the plane crash that killed his brother, noting that the campaign has been anything but normal. He said "it's an election which is the result of a huge catastrophe, a huge misfortune, a huge tragedy.", Huffington Post informs.

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