Poland: Warsaw residents reflect on presidential vote as Duda forced into second round

Residents of Warsaw expressed varied reactions following the outcome of the first round of the Polish presidential election, on Monday. The incumbent President Andrzej Duda received 43.60 percent of the vote, with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowsk securing 30.34 percent, based on almost 100 percent of the votes counted. A candidate requires 50 percent of the vote to win the first round outright. Duda will now face Rafal Trzaskowski again on July 12 in a run-off vote. One voter Aleksja said, «I am really happy that Mr Duda won. I voted in favour. I don't have kids, but because of the 500+ initiative, for school equipment and the pensions, so I am really happy.» Another voter Lech said, «we voted for Mr Trzaskowski yesterday and we will be with him until the end.” He alleged that Duda “is disrespecting the constitution but he doesn’t care about the people. He behaves nonchalantly.» The presidential election was originally planned for May 10 but later postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Trzaskowski is regarded as pro-EU and a supporter of LGBT+ rights, while Duda is supported by the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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