According to political commentators, it is unclear whether Andrzej Duda’s re-election will lead to the stabilization of the Polish political scene.
“On one side, the next elections won’t be sooner than in three years. These presidential elections put an end to the electoral trifecta. We had the European Parliament elections, the Polish parliamentary elections and the presidential elections. Andrzej Duda’s win, since he came from the ruling Law and Justice party, may be a chance for some political stability”, commented Dr Andrzej Anusz, a political scientist from the Józef Piłsudski Institute.
“We may witness a mass attack on Polish politics from the opposition and some foreign lobbies, also from Brussels which, in my opinion, will also take steps regarding the supposed breaching of the rule of law in Poland”, added columnist Marek Król.
Andrzej Duda won nearly half a million votes more than Rafał Trzaskowski. Although some politicians from the Civic Platform did not exclude the possibility of contesting the outcome of the elections, most commentators agree that the opposition will not take that step.
“I don’t think it would make sense to undermine the elections. To use the close margins of the elections, that is another thing. The opposition will now try to back the ruling party against the wall based on the <<close call>> argument”, stated prof. Kazimierz Kik, a political scientist from the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.
Although many people supported Trzaskowski simply to vote against the candidate of the ruling party, most media report that Trzaskowski’s result may help him to take the leadership of the Civic Platform party.
“Rafał Trzaskowski may threaten Borys Budka’s position as the leader of the Civic Platform party. If you have such a huge support, your position in the party rises. The question now is, whether Rafał Trzaskowski intends to focus on his work as the mayor of Warsaw or on diminishing Budka’s position”, said Marek Król.
Meanwhile, political observers think Andrzej Duda’s win may lead to him building a strong, independent political position during his second term in office.
“In the second term, the president answers to God and history, since there won’t be a third term after that”, summarized Dr Andrzej Anusz.
Andrzej Duda is the second president in history, after Aleksander Kwaśniewski, to have been chosen for this position for a second term. He will be Poland’s head of state until 2025.
Author: Michał Wyrzyk
Source: Poland Daily