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Poland elections

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Andrzej Duda, the conservative ally of Trump who has just been re-elected in Poland until 2025

Conservatism wins in Poland
Duda win in Poland, as an ally of Trump he is called a racist

With 99.97% of the districts counted, Law and Justice is the party of the reelected Polish president Andrezej Duda, who registered 51.2% of the votes in the second round this weekend. His adversary, the liberal mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski , who reached 48.7% according to the Polish electoral commission. The election has been one of the tightest in the recent history of the country.

Duda's campaign focused on defending traditional values, in a country of 38 million inhabitants with a Catholic majority , and on maintaining social spending. His platform is described as Eurosceptic for its views on how the union works and the way decisions are made in Brussels. The campaign, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was marked by the defense of Polish values ​​and national culture and the continuation of plans to eliminate social precariousness.

During a recent visit to the White House in late June, Trump praised Duda, noting that “he is doing a fantastic job. People in Poland think it's great . " The US support was accompanied by investment agreements in areas of technology, health, strategic defense, energy independence and a transfer of troops from a Germany increasingly dependent on Russian fuels and more criticized by its main ally in NATO for not complying. with your commitments.

The government, the state media and the Catholic Church mobilized to support Duda, a social conservative who has carried out social programs to eliminate poverty in broad sectors of the largest post-communist state in the EU.

Duda has been a critic of so-called gender ideology and LGBTQ + issues, associating them with Soviet-era communist indoctrination. During the campaign, he described campaigns for LGBT rights as "even more destructive" than communism and proposed including a ban on same-sex marriage and adoption in the country's constitution. While opening up a debate on the sensitive issue of restitution of Jewish property in the country. His detractors accuse him of being ultra-conservative, homophobic and anti-Semitic. Being a conservative, opens the left up to insult the President with being less than intelligent.

The existence of two visions of society in the context of a globalized world , and the dispute within the European commission about how to deal with the consequences of COVID-19 at a general level, outline the political debate of Duda's second term in a framework of apparent permanent confrontation.

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