Poland Presidential Election Headed for Runoff

Poland‘s new president will not be known until after July 4, after none of the candidates in a special poll held to elect the successor of Lech Kaczynski garnered the required 50 percent for an outright victory.

Interim president and current Parliament speaker Bronislaw Komorowski leads in the latest count by the State Electoral Commission with more than 41 percent of the votes cast. Following him in close second is the identical twin brother of Kaczynski, Jaroslaw, who garnered 36 percent, with only 6 percent of voting precincts still to report.

A runoff between Komorowski and Kaczynski has been set on July 4. Komorowski expressed happiness with the result, but urged his supporters to campaign harder in the next two weeks. “In life as in football, overtime is the most difficult. Let’s not forget that and let’s mobilize all our forces for the grand finale on July 4,” he said.

President Lech Kaczynski died, along with his wife and 94 other people, when the presidential plane crashed on April 10. The plane was about to land in Smolensk, Russia, where Polish officials led by Kaczynski were scheduled to attend the commemoration of the Katyn massacre.