Polish ruling party names parliament speaker as presidential candidate

11:28, March 28, 2010      

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Bronislaw Komorowski makes a speech after being announced as Platforma Obywatelska (Civic Platform) party's official presidential candidate in the upcoming elections in Warsaw March 27, 2010. Poland's ruling Civic Platform named parliament speaker Komorowski as its candidate for president on Saturday, with polls showing he is likely to defeat the incumbent conservative President Lech Kaczynski. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Poland's ruling party named on Saturday parliament speaker Bronislaw Komorowski as its candidate in the presidential election due this autumn.

Civic Platform said the cadidate won the nomination through a vote by party members.

Komorowski, 58, won a overwhelming victory in the party vote, garnering 68.5 percent of the ballots cast by the 40,000 party members. His only rival, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, got only 31.5 percent of votes.

Opinion polls gave Komorowski a strong lead over incumbent President Lech Kaczynski in the upcoming election which is expected to take place in September or October.

Source: Xinhua

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