A divided Poland holds presidential vote delayed by COVID-19 pandemic

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President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old conservative backed by the nationalist ruling Law and Justice party, was running against 10 other candidates as he sought a second 5-year term

. Whether Duda wins or not will determine whether the ruling party keeps its near-monopoly on political power in Poland.

Exit polls will be announced immediately after polling stations close Sunday at 9 p.m. . The final official results are expected by late Wednesday, after all votes sent from abroad are counted. Duda’s once-strong support, bolstered by adulatory coverage in state media, began to slip once virus lockdown restrictions were lifted and other candidates could campaign.

That kind of rhetoric – along with laws that have given the Law and Justice party much greater control over the justice system and the party’s harnessing of public media to promote the government’s image – have raised concerns among some that Poland is following Hungary in eroding democratic norms established after communism collapsed three decades ago.

 

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divided ?

I wonder if the US election will get delayed 😕

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