Poland Votes In Tight, High-Stakes Presidential Run-Off

Poles are voting in a presidential election, seen as a battle for the country’s future and its strained relations with the European Union.

The second round pits incumbent Andrzej Duda, an ally of the conservative government, against socially liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. A Duda win would herald controversial changes to the judiciary and continued opposition to abortion and gay rights. Mr Trzaskowski backs a more progressive agenda and active role in the EU. Mr Duda topped the first round of voting with a convincing lead but fell short of the 50% needed to win outright. But Mr Trzaskowski expects to win the support of most of those who voted for other candidates, and a close result is predicted.

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