Poland

Tight race in Polish presidential run-off

Reuters

The outcome of Poland's presidential election Sunday is too close to call as the brother of late president Lech Kaczynski faces the acting president in a contest which has failed to reveal deep political differences between the candidates.

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The election is a tight race between former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late president, and the acting president, the more liberal  Bronislaw Komorowski.

Opinion polls show Komorowski's support ranging from 45 to 54 per cent, and Kaczynski's, 42 to 45 per cent.

Under the constitution, parliamentary speaker Komorowski became acting head of state after Lech Kaczynski died in an airplane crash in April

Komorowski took 41.5 per cent of the vote in a 20 June first round, short of the 50 per cent required to win outright. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the conservative, eurosceptic Law and Justice party scored 36.5 per cent.

Both Komorowski and Kaczynski have courted the left.

Today's vote will be followed by parliamentary polls late next year.

In the meantime, the country's electoral commission said this morning that three polling station officials have been sacked for being drunk

 

 

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