President appeals to politicians for post-election talks on Poland

Duda also thanked the present United Right government for its work over the past five years, calling it "wise and well-weighed." Leszek Szymański/PAP

President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday appealed to Poland's opposition, including the Polish People's Party (PSL), the Polish Coalition and the Confederation grouping, for post-election talks about major national issues.

In his appeal, Duda said he wanted to be a president over a broad political coalition involved in protecting family rights and traditional values.

Duda, seeking re-election against centrist rival Rafał Trzaskowski in the July 12 run-off round of the ongoing presidential elections, said that Poland needed peaceful and stable government dedicated to aiding families and the national economy, and assured that as president he would pursue precisely that kind of policy.

In this context, the president appealed to the entire Polish political scene, and especially those that shared his views on family rights, culture and tradition, for talks on Poland's most burning problems after the elections.

"I wish to appeal to all politicians - also all those involved in the Polish People's Party, the Polish Coalition and the Confederation: let us meet in peace after July 12 to talk about the most important Polish issues," Duda said. He added that Poles awaited peaceful and stable government, rising living standards, better wages and more stability in daily life.

Duda also thanked the present United Right government for its work over the past five years, calling it "wise and well-weighed." As examples of the government's successes, he listed new social benefits like the 500 Plus child bonus, a year's-begin financial bonus for schoolchildren, a 13th retirement pension payment and cost-free medication for the aged.

He also credited the government for Poland's low unemployment, strong economy and successful management of the coronavirus epidemic, and said that according to experts Poland could start booking economic growth comparable to that in the pre-epidemic period as early as in 2021.

According to Duda, all this was possible thanks to efficient cooperation between the president, the government and parliament.