Bronislav Komorowski has been elected as Poland’s new president.
The frontrunner throughout the campaign, the 58 year- old edged rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski to victory, who quickly conceded defeat.
The financial markets preferred choice, Komorowski is expected to work smoothly with Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government as it tries to tackle Poland’s big budget deficit.
The run off between the two contenders was always expected to be a tight affair and it proved so. Exit polls show Komorowski took more than 53 percent of the vote, next to conservative Kaczynski with just under half the vote.
Most pre-election indicators had signalled a Komorowski win.
Kaczynski, the identical twin brother of President Lech Kaczynski, whose death in a plane crash in Russia in April precipitated the election had made a late surge running up to the vote. However, the leader of the main opposition Law and Justice party appears to have just fallen short of stunning come back to politics.