- Title: Campaign draws to a close in knife-edge Polish presidential poll
- Date: 10th July 2020
- Summary: WARSAW, POLAND (JULY 10, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ELECTION BILLBOARD OF INCUMBENT PRESIDENT ANDRZEJ DUDA VARIOUS OF ELECTION BILLBOARD OF OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RAFAL TRZSKOWSKI
- Embargoed: 24th July 2020 16:32
- Keywords: Andrzej Duda Ciciv Platform Law and Justice Poland Polish election Rafal Trzaskowski politics presidential campaign
- Location: WARSAW, ZARZECZE, JASIENICA ROSIELNA, NIEBYLEC, JASLO, OBORNIKI SLASKIE, KLODZKO AND CIECHANOW, POLAND
- City: WARSAW, ZARZECZE, JASIENICA ROSIELNA, NIEBYLEC, JASLO, OBORNIKI SLASKIE, KLODZKO AND CIECHANOW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001CM88K7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Candidates in Polish presidential election made a final push on Friday (July 10) as the campaign drew to a close in the second round of election, which sees the incumbent and ruling conservatives' ally Andrzej Duda facing off against liberal challenger Rafal Trzaskowski.
The president's role is largely ceremonial in Poland, but he has the power to veto legislation put forward by parliament.
The run-off ballot on July 12 could become a turning point in the country's troubled relations with the European Union.
The centrist mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, appears to have a shot at unseating conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda, who together with the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government has presided over a deepening rift with Brussels, according to the latest opinion polls.
Under Duda and PiS, which won national elections in 2015 and 2019, Warsaw has frequently stood alone or in a minority on a range of policy areas that the EU aims to decide by consensus.
While the president has only limited influence on the policy of the PiS-led government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a win by Trzaskowski could precipitate a shift.
Duda got the most votes in the first round of elections on June 28 with 43.50% of the vote in the first-round and Trzaskowski came second with 30.46%, but four days before the election opinion polling puts the two candidates neck-and-neck. A poll by Kantar for private broadcaster TVN on July 9 showed Trzaskowski winning 46.4% of the vote, Duda 45.9% while 7.7% of voters remained undecided.
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