He was Poland’s acting president. Now it is for real.
Bronislaw Komorowski narrowly won Sunday’s closely-fought election, giving a boost to his key ally, Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
It was a nail-biting finish for the moderate Conservative in an election triggered by the plane crash that claimed the previous president’s life.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski was vying to succeed his twin brother Lech, killed with other senior political and military figures in the air disaster in April, and although he failed to get elected, the right-wing opposition leader did much better than expected.
While Tusk’s Civic Platform Party candidate won the poll, the narrowness of Komorowski’s victory casts doubt on the government’s ability to carry out unpopular reforms.