Komorowski's election may change Poland's political landscape

09:24, July 06, 2010      

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Bronislaw Komorowski, the candidate of Poland's ruling Civic Platform party (PO), gestures following the exit polls for the second round of presidential elections at his Party election headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, on July 4, 2010. Komorowski won the country's second round of presidential elections on Sunday with 53.1 percent of votes, while his rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party (PIS) got 46.9 percent, according to the exit poll conducted by TVP television. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

The election of Bronislaw Komorowski as Poland's next president is widely expected to bring visible political changes to the county.

Monday's final offiical results showed that the acting president and speaker of the lower house of parliament won 53.01 percent of the vote in Sunday's presidential runoff election.

The rest of the votes went to his rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of late President Lech Kaczynski and leader of the conservative Law and Justice Party. Kaczynski has conceded defeat before the final results came out.

Following Lech Kaczynski's death in an April air crash in Russia, Komorowski took over by law. Yet the ruling party Civic Platform (PO) party candidate encountered strong rivalry in the elections, and analysts ascribed his win to a host of factors.

Komorowski's success owes much to the improved image of the PO party and the strong support from Prime Minister and PO chief Donald Tusk.

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