Poland Votes In Presidential Election

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Poland is voting for a new head of state, with President Bronislaw Komorowski hoping to win a second term in office. Opinion polls put him in the lead, but if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote there will be a second round. Mr Komorowski took office five years ago after his predecessor, Lech Kaczynski, died in a plane crash. BBC has more:

The president has limited powers, but is head of the armed forces and can veto new laws. Mr Komorowski, 62, is an independent allied with the centre-right Civic Platform, which has been in government since 2007.

His main challenger is Andrzej Duda, from the right-wing opposition Law and Justice party, which is led by former President Kaczynski’s twin brother, Jaroslaw. Rock musician Pawel Kukiz looks likely to gather protest votes, but has trailed the leading pair in opinion polls. Another eight candidates are standing.

During a period of tension with Russia over the unrest in Ukraine, President Komorowski says he has promoted stability. “Poles have a need for normality, for peace, for security and for order,” he said at his final rally on Friday.

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