Poland still has strong conservative and Catholic spirit

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Poland still has strong conservative and Catholic spirit

Poland’s president has been re-elected with 51.2 percent of the vote on Sunday. 

President Andrzej Duda, 48, of the center-right Law and Justice (PiS) party managed to see off challenger Rafał Trzaskowski, also 48, of the center-left Civic Platform (PO) party in an election with the highest voter turnout in 25 years. 

 

The election battle was closely fought, and 68.2 percent of Poland’s eligible voters turned out to cast their ballot in Sunday’s second round. The two contenders were so closely matched in the exit polls that it was not immediately apparent that Duda had actually won.

The first round of the 2020 presidential elections occurred on June 28. That Sunday Duda received 43.5 percent of the vote and Trzaskowski, the current Mayor of Warsaw, 30.5 percent. During this round the president was challenged for the social conservative vote by the National Movement’s Krzysztof Bosak, 38, who received 6.79 percent. 

The Polish choice was not only between two candidates but between two philosophies: traditional Polish family values versus a globalist pro-LGBT ethos.

The re-elected president responded to the news of his victory in the most iconic way possible in Poland: he went straight to Częstochowa to pray before the Black Madonna icon representing Our Lady Queen of Poland.  

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