Polish president to seek reelection

"Of course I will run in these presidential elections," Duda said. Jacek Szydłowski/PAP

President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday in Lubartów, southeastern Poland, announced his intention to run for re-election in this spring's election. Duda said his second term will enable the government to continue its work.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek announced that the presidential election would take place on May 10, with a possible second round on May 24.

"Of course I will run in these presidential elections. I very much want the growth that has been progressing so well in Poland in the past years to continue. I also want the present government, which in my opinion is governing Poland well, is conducting our economic affairs very successfully, is carrying out the tasks it has been entrusted with and is keeping its election promises - which once were also my promises - very effectively, to be able to continue its mission by presenting good legislation, which will be accepted by the president because we have the same programme," Duda said.

Duda praised the government of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and declared to sign into law any bill that supported the Polish people and Poland's growth. "This is precisely why I decided to run (in the presidential elections - PAP) - because I believe it is necessary. I believe that the policy that has been and continues to be pursued is an effective policy, a policy leading towards increased prosperity in Poland, a policy that helps to build us up," the president declared.

Commenting to PAP on Duda's declaration to run for a second term, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, his probable main rival, said that what distinguished her from the incumbent head of state was "respect for the law and Poland's Constitution." She added that she was aware Duda was better known than she, but observed that the election campaign was only beginning and Duda could not be totally certain of victory.

"What is most important to me is that I respect the law and Poland's Constitution, which I intend to guard. (...) True, the incumbent president is better known and more popular, but the campaign is only setting off, we shall see what course it takes," Kidawa-Błońska said in western Poland.