Poland’s free-market enthusiast, Donald Tusk, has won round one of the country’s presidential election.
But he has fallen well short of an outright victory, meaning Poles will vote again in two weeks to chose between him Lech Kaczynski. With provisional results putting him a few points ahead of his rival, Tusk told supporters the coming days would be full of “positive energy for those who believed in the words solidarity and freedom”. Like liberal Tusk, conservative Kaczynski will be trying to win over the left and communist voters between now and October 23. His manifesto promises more welfare state and worker protection than Tusk’s. But it also includes fierce anti-communist rhetoric and close links to the religious right. Kaczynski captured the predominately rural and poorer areas of east and south east Poland while Tusk was most popular in urban areas, among the wealthy and among the unemployed. While it is far from certain who will win the run off, it is clear Poland has moved further to the right with this election.