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    Poland to Elect New President in Run-Off Vote

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    A second round of presidential elections is taking place in Poland on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A second round of presidential elections is taking place in Poland on Sunday, after both opposition candidate Andrzej Duda and acting President Bronislaw Komorowski failed to secure 50 percent of the votes needed for outright victory.

    In the first round of the election, held on May 10, conservative Duda overcame Komorowski with 34.76 against 33.77 percent of the votes.

    Poland's incumbent president has been a strong supporter of the European Union, particularly on the issue of Ukraine, while Duda is a mild euro-sceptic.

    • Andrzej Duda, candidate of the conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party shows the victory sign during his election campaign, a day after the first round of the Polish presidential elections in Sochaczew, near Warsaw, Poland, May 11, 2015
      Andrzej Duda, candidate of the conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party shows the victory sign during his election campaign, a day after the first round of the Polish presidential elections in Sochaczew, near Warsaw, Poland, May 11, 2015
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    • Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski addresses his supporters after the announcement of the exit poll results of the first round of the presidential election in Warsaw on May 10, 2015
      Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski addresses his supporters after the announcement of the exit poll results of the first round of the presidential election in Warsaw on May 10, 2015
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    Andrzej Duda, candidate of the conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party shows the victory sign during his election campaign, a day after the first round of the Polish presidential elections in Sochaczew, near Warsaw, Poland, May 11, 2015

    Komorowski, 62, was ahead of Duda in pre-election ratings released earlier this week. A Monday poll by research organization Millward Brown showed that some 47 percent of respondents were ready to vote for the acting president, who took office five years ago.

    Duda, a 43-year-old candidate from the biggest opposition party in Poland, Law and Justice, was supported by 44 percent of the poll respondents.

    Seven percent of the over 1,250 survey participants said they were undecided.

    The first round of the presidential election in Poland saw a 49-percent voter turnout.

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