Andrzej Duda, a conservative backed by the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, won 51.55% of the vote to secure victory in Poland's presidential elections, with incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski trailing on 48.45%, according to official results announced by the National Electoral Commission.
Turnout for the second-round runoff between Duda and Komorowski on Sunday was 55.34%.
The vote, which appeared to show Duda capturing young voters, who had largely supported anti-establishment candidate and former rock star Pawel Kukiz in the first round of voting, puts the wind in the sails of PiS ahead of autumn parliamentary elections.
Duda comes to office having issued a long list of spending promises to a variety of electorates. Duda has vowed to work for a hefty increase in the standardized tax deduction, a per-child subsidy, a roll back of the prior retirement age hike and conversion of FX-denominated mortgages at the FX rate from their issuance.
The Warsaw Voice, 25th May 2015