Polish president leads in first-round vote, setting up close run-off – media

10:40, 30 June 2020
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Andrzej Duda / REUTERS

Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, will now face off against liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, a member of the centrist opposition Civic Platform, Reuters said.

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The president's role is largely ceremonial, but he has the power to veto legislation put forward by parliament.

Trzaskowski would be able to block legislation from the PiS-run lower house of parliament if he can persuade supporters of other candidates to back him and hand him the top job.

Duda got 43.50% of the vote in the first-round presidential vote and Trzaskowski came second with 30.46%, the results showed.

"The voter who voted for (far-right Confederation candidate) Krzysztof Bosak or (independent candidate) Szymon Holownia can pick cooperation with the government or fighting between the president and the government for three and a half years,' government spokesman Piotr Muller told private broadcaster Polsat on Tuesday.

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