Poland’s Bronislaw Komorowski has won the country’s presidential election after a nail biting finish pitted against his rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
With the lead appearing to change after each polling station declared its results, the night turned into an unexpected political drama.
Although the final results will be confirmed later today Komorowski of the Civic Platform party won over 52 per cent of the vote based on 95 per cent of ballots cast.
Law and Justice candidate Kaczynski polled over 47 per cent.
‘‘This was an unusually difficult campaign, because it took place in the shadow of the Smolensk catastrophe, in the shadow of the floods, it, was a campaign which proved that the Polish state, even in the most difficult of moments, passes the test and copes as a democratic government,’‘ said Bronislaw Komorowski.
Most pre-election indicators had signalled a Komorowski win despite the late surge from the conservative Kaczynski.
Surrounded by supporters, Jaroslaw Kaczynski essentially ceded victory by congratulating his opponent.
‘‘Poland has changed, and it is our duty to benefit from this new-found collective strength, we have to continue to keep changing Poland. Ahead of us are further elections – local and parliamentary elections – we must continue to be mobilised, we must win.’‘
A hint perhaps of political fights ahead for the identical twin brother of Lech Kaczynski, whose death in a plane crash in Russia precipitated the vote.