Poland holds runoff in tight pres­i­den­tial race

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

Vot­ers in Poland cast bal­lots Sun­day in the coun­try’s ra­zor blade­close pres­i­den­tial runoff be­tween the con­ser­va­tive, pop­ulist in­cum­bent and the lib­eral, pro-Europe mayor of War­saw in a bat­tle that re­flects deep di­vi­sions in this Euro­pean Union na­tion.

Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda, backed by the rul­ing right-wing Law and Jus­tice party, has cam­paigned on tra­di­tional val­ues as he seeks a sec­ond 5-year term. Mayor Rafal Trza­skowski, a for­mer Euro­pean Par­lia­ment law­maker, jumped into the race rel­a­tively late to counter an ero­sion of demo­cratic rights under the rul­ing party.

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