Poland's presidential vote set for May 10; incumbent in race

Poland's presidential vote set for May 10; incumbent in race
Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, speaks about the challenges of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s next presidential election has been set for May 10, and if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, a runoff will be held two weeks later, parliament Speaker Elzbieta Witek said Wednesday.

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda plans to seek a second five-year term. Duda is aligned with Poland’s conservative ruling party and has been leading in recent opinion polls.

Since coming to power in 2015, the governing Law and Justice party has been in conflict with the European Union over new laws that give the government more control of the judicial system.

Trailing significantly behind Duda in second place is Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska with the centrist and pro-EU opposition party Civic Platform, according to the polls.

Other presidential candidates include Szymon Holownia, a Catholic TV presenter; Wladyslaw Kosyniak-Kamysz from the agrarian Polish People’s Party; a left-wing candidate, Robert Biedron; and a far-right candidate, Krysztof Bosak.