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Poland's new president Duda serves public - quite literally

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Poland's new president Duda serves public - quite literally


Poland’s newly-elected president Andrzej Duda has been serving the public – by dishing out coffee on the streets of Warsaw.

Victory for the 43-year-old marks the first major electoral win in almost a decade for his opposition Law and Justice Party.

One resident asked him what he would be doing about temporary and civil work contracts.

“These contracts need to be gradually liquidated, they must be replaced with ordinary employment contracts. I have an agreement on that signed with Solidarity (trade union), which we will implement,” replied Duda.

Official results for the presidential election are yet to be announced, but outgoing Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat after an exit poll put him on 47 percent and Duda on 53 percent.

“I’m very happy. With such a president, I want to live and work in this country,” said one woman.

A man added: “I’ve seen an elected official thanking people for the first time.”

“This is not my cup of coffee, so to speak, I voted in favour of Bronislaw Komorowski,” commented another woman.

“But it turned out this way. This is what people wanted. We have to deal with it.”

Komorowski had originally been seen as a shoo-in for another term in office.

Duda’s win is likely to set alarm bells ringing for the government. It faces its own election race later this year.

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