Poland: Warsaw and Bialystok residents react to Duda's re-election

Warsaw and Bialystok residents reacted to the re-election of Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday as he beat his opponent Rafal Trzaskowski in a tight second round. Most people from Bialystok, the largest city in northeastern Poland, appeared to be satisfied with the final results of the elections and Duda's win stating the incumbent president has done a lot for the country, while people in Warsaw were more discreet. «I can trust our officials now. Duda has shown how much he has done in recent years,» said a woman from Bialystok, adding «The worst was his opponent. It was such hate in his speeches.» Another Bialystok resident said: «I'm happy with the results of the election. Higher pensions, disability pensions, more than 500 [zlotys]. It's all helpful to society.» On the contrary, Poles in the capital felt disappointed by the election outcome with many expressing their support for Duda's opponent and Warsaw mayor Trzaskowski. Duda «is not a democratic president like Trzaskowski,» Justyna said in Warsaw. «I wanted someone new [for president] who would perform better,» another Warsaw resident Brygida continued. Earlier on Monday, incumbent President Andrzej Duda was named the election winner achieving a small majority over his opponent, Warsaw's mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.

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