Independent presidential candidate Holownia sets up political group

Holownia took 13.87 percent of the vote in the June 28 election. Rafał Guz/PAP

Szymon Holownia, an independent presidential candidate who came third in the first round of Poland's presidential elections last Sunday, will set up a social and civic movement, 'Poland 2050', according to Holownia's Tuesday announcement.

"From this wonderful movement that translated into this (presidential) campaign, a social movement, a civic movement will emerge, taking the form of an association and the name of 'Poland 2050'," Holownia said.

The name indicates a horizon of more than one generation, Holownia added.

Commenting on the July-scheduled second election round, in which current President Andrzej Duda will stand against the centrist Civic Coalition's Rafal Trzaskowski, Holownia said none of the two were his personal choice, but he nonetheless planned to vote "against the vision of the presidency and of Poland represented by Andrzej Duda (...) during the past five years."

Holownia said his new movement will not back any of the two second round runners as its members were free people and will vote according to their preference. He added that he did not want to be "a master of consciences" as he respected civil freedoms and wanted them to be at the base of Polish statehood.

Holownia took 13.87 percent of the vote in the June 28 election. Duda and Trzaskowski have entered the second round, with their face-off scheduled for July 12.