Independent candidate's movement files for registration

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The supporters of Szymon Holownia, a Polish independent candidate who garnered nearly 14 percent of votes in the first round of the presidential elections, have filed for the registration of their movement under the name of "Poland 2050," Holownia's aide said.

Holownia's plenipotentiary, Michal Kobosko, told PAP on Wednesday that the movement filed for official registration on Monday, a day after the second round of elections which saw incumbent President Andrzej Duda re-elected for a second five-year term of office.

Kobosko said that the movement's regional offices that had been opened during the campaign will continue to operate.

The conservative candidate built his movement on notions of independence from Poland's well-established political parties, promising to make the voice of ordinary citizens better heard in public life.

"Holownia's movement is a grassroots organisation, now we'll be trying to maintain its civic nature," Kobosko said.

However, the movement will have to survive for more than three years without taking part in any major ballot, unless an early election is announced, which seems unlikely given the ruling United Right's camp control of the lower house of parliament and its alliance with the re-elected president.

Kobosko said the movement was not yet planning any talks with Poland's main opposition grouping, the centrist Civic Coalition, whose candidate Rafal Trzaskowski lost to Duda by just two percent.