Newly Elected Poland President Calls for National Unity

World | July 6, 2010, Tuesday // 16:59|  views

Newly-elected Polish Presiden Bronislaw Komorowski (L) shaking hands with PM Donald Tusk (R) Tuesday. Photo by EPA/BGNES.

Bronislaw Komorowski, the newly elected president of Poland, called for national unity in an official address Tuesday.

Komorowski was speaking at a ceremony at the Warsaw Royal Palace, at which he was awarded an official resolution from the National Electoral Committee, confirming his election.

“May this presidency be one of national unity, may it exert efforts in overcoming the rift inherited from Poland's hard and painful history, for the good of our country,” said Komorowski.

The center-right Komorowski from the Civic Platform party won with 53.01% of votes, against 46.99% for rival conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski from the Law and Justice Party in a remarkably close second round Sunday.

Before officially assuming the duties of President, Komorowski has to step down from his current position of Marshal (speaker) of the Sejm, as well as to sunder his affiliation with the Civic Platform party, as mandated by the Polish Constitution.

Bronislaw Komorowski's call for national unity comes after election results revealed a marked difference in the way sectors of Polish society voted. Komorowski won the votes of those living in western Poland, the more affluent and the city dwellers. His rival Kaczynski had very strong support among those living in the east, the poorer sections of the population and the countryside.

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Tags: Presidential elections, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Bronislaw Komorowski, Poland, Lech Kaczynski, Donald Tusk, Law and Justice party

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