Incumbent president's re-election staff launches campaign in Krakow

Earlier on Saturday, Duda launched his re-election campaign at a convention in Warsaw. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda' election staff head and former PM Beata Szydlo, along with Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, symbolically inaugurated the re-election campaign in the southern Polish city of Krakow on Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, Duda launched his re-election campaign at a convention in Warsaw.

Szydlo said that the coming months will be very intense for both the president and his election staff and added that "the common goal is to lead Duda to victory in the first round of the elections." She also said that the staff plans to travel around Poland and be everywhere where "things important for Poles happen".

Adamczyk, echoing the words of ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said that Duda is a "dream candidate" of Poles and PiS and "the guardian of the idea of sovereignty, a strong Poland, a sovereign Poland, a Poland of great hopes for the future."

Duda's rivals in the presidential election, scheduled for May 10, include Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska from the leading opposition grouping, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), Spring party leader, MEP Robert Biedron, a joint candidate of the Left (Lewica) grouping, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, leader of the pro-farmer Polish People's Party (PSL), Krzysztof Bosak, leader of the far-right Freedom and Independence Confederation and Szymon Holownia, a journalist and an independent candidate.

If none of the candidates receives more than half of the valid votes, a second round of elections will be held on May 24.