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Komorowski threatened by right-wing rival Duda in Poland's presidential run-off

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By Euronews
Komorowski threatened by right-wing rival Duda in Poland's presidential run-off

<p>Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski is running neck-and-neck with his right-wing challenger ahead of Sunday’s election run-off.</p> <p>The presidency is largely a ceremonial post but victory for Andrzej Duda could boost the chances for his Law and Justice party at parliamentary elections in October.</p> <p>While it wants to claw back powers from Brussels and put national interests first, Komorowski has warned voters not to choose a Poland riven by internal conflict and opposition to the EU. </p> <p>But disillusionment with the government widespread – as reflected in some views from the streets of Warsaw.</p> <p>“Komorowski is too old, he has been incumbent too long, we need somebody new,” said one man.</p> <p>“I think he’s proved himself as president and takes care of our interests; he doesn’t do anything strange,” another disagreed.</p> <p>“People weigh up who is worse and vote for the other one,” said a third man.</p> <p>“It is hard to say who to choose, but we prefer calm and stability,” a woman added.</p> <p>Komorowski, whose Civic Platform party has been in power for eight years, says victory for his opponent could jeopardise a decade of relative economic success and bring a lurch to the right. </p> <p>But many voters are tempted by Duda’s youthful appeal – which could augur well for Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski at October’s general election.</p>