Presidential elections in Poland: The wind of change

25 May 2015 – VoxEurop Gazeta Wyborcza
Gazeta Wyborcza, 25 May 2015

Andrzej Duda, the candidate of the opposition right wing Law and Justice party (PiS) won the second round of presidential elections beating the current president Bronisław Komorowski, supported by the ruling Civic Platform (PO). According to official results, Duda received 51.55 percent while Komorowski 48.45 percent of the vote with turnout reaching 55.34 percent. A little known lawyer from Cracow managed to win over the countryside as well as the youngest and the oldest voters. “The [electoral] campaign was intensive and brutal while the victory of Duda ¬– a third-tier PiS politician – sensational”, writesGazeta Wyborcza. Meanwhile, Rzeczpospolita looks into the reasons of Duda’s unexpected success:

There is no doubt that the Civic Platform, or rather what is left of it, is responsible for Komorowski’s defeat. Its unpopular, faulty political mechanism, without a clear-cut leadership, has been shaken every now and again in paroxysms of scandals and arrogance. PO politicians have simply got used to ruling and treated being in power not as commitment but their due privilege.

Gazeta Wyborcza worries that Duda’s victory may pave the way for yet another PiS victory in Autumn’s parliamentary elections. “In 2005 PiS won the doublet: following Lech Kaczyński’s victory in presidential elections, it also won the parliamentary ones”, reminds the daily.