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Polish opposition has new candidate for president

21.11.2019 14:38
A rival has stepped forward in Poland’s opposition Civic Platform to challenge deputy parliamentary Speaker Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska in her bid to become the party’s candidate for president.
Jacek Jaśkowiak
Jacek Jaśkowiak Photo: Platforma Obywatelska RP [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

The mayor of the western city of Poznań, Jacek Jaśkowiak, has thrown his hat in the ring.

He will run in a primary election within the Civic Platform to select a contender for next year’s presidential race in Poland.

Up to now, Kidawa-Błońska was the only candidate put forward for the primary.  

Ex-Health Minister Bartosz Arłukowicz and Radosław Sikorski, a former foreign minister, have decided not to run, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported.

Earlier this month, Poland’s ruling conservatives reaffirmed their support for incumbent President Andrzej Duda, who is expected to seek re-election in May.

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, has previously declared he will not run for president next year.


Source: Rzeczpospolita