Third party may hold sway in Poland's presidential run-off

21:52, June 21, 2010      

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A third party's attitude will, to a great extent, influence the outcome of the presidential run-off between Bronislaw Komorowski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Komorowski, the candidate of the ruling Civic Platform party, and Kaczynski, the leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party, will contend in the runoff scheduled on July 4, exit polls showed.

Komorowski, speaker of Poland's lower house of parliament and acting president, won 45.7 percent of the vote, and his main rival Kaczynski, twin brother of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, received 33.2 percent. The Democratic Left Alliance's candidate Grzegorz Napieralski received 13.4 percent, according to an exit poll for TVN television.

Since no one secured an outright victory by garnering over 50 percent of the vote, a competition between the two top contenders will be held in two weeks.

After the first round, both Komorowski and Kaczynski congratulated Napieralski on his eye-catching performance, and implicitly wooed Napieralski's support.

Napieralski said he would decide which side to support according to his party's plans and Poland's interests.

Komorowski took over presidential duties after the death of President Lech Kaczynski in an air crash on April 10 near Smolensk, Russia.
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