Poland: Presidential candidate Trzaskowski holds rally in Rybnik ahead of election showdown

Polish presidential candidate and mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski ended his campaign for re-election with a rally in the southern Polish city of Rybnik, attracting thousands of supporters on Friday. In front of thousands of his supporters, Trzakowski denounced the ruling Law and Justice party for their handling of a number of issues including education, women's rights, LGBTQ rights and the court system. «We did not think about the importance of local governments or free media. It took five years of this government, President Andrzej Duda and his friends from PiS showed us how important it is,» Trzaskowski told his supporters. He went on to say: «We need balance today, we need a president who will make rational decisions. One who will listen to citizens, who will make rational decisions, such decisions that would favour citizens, who will stop violations of constitution, who will stop the politicising of independent institutions. Today we need balance, which is why we all demand change.» The upcoming elections will be a two-way contest between Duda, leader of the Law and Justice party and Rafal Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw and leader of Civic Platform. The latest polls have both candidates running neck and neck, within one percent of each other, with Duda leading with 50.31 percent of the votes, followed by Trzaskowski at 49.69 percent according to a Friday poll by Polish broadcast TVP.

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