Incumbent president gains support of Federation for Poland

Jakubiak also said that President Duda, if re-elected, should assume patronage over war reparations from Germany. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda will have the official backing of the Federation for the Republic of Poland (FdR) in the July 12 run-off round of the Polish presidential election, party leader Marek Jakubiak announced on Thursday.

Jakubiak stated that Duda "is very close to the overwhelming majority of FdR members and supporters, since he has won the support of 80 percent of the polled respondents."

The FdR leader sharply criticised Rafał Trzaskowski, the opposition candidate and Duda's rival, saying that, being a Warsaw resident, he "knows Trzaskowski, who has implemented only four of over 70 promises he made while running for Warsaw mayor," and added that they had been ideologically motivated.

Jakubiak also said that President Duda, if re-elected, should assume patronage over war reparations from Germany. Having admitted that Germany was Poland's neighbour, Jakubiak stated that this issue should be finally settled.

In the first round of the presidential election on June 28, Duda won 43.5 percent of the votes and Trzaskowski gained 30.46 percent of the ballot.