President Duda ready to face rivals in May's presidential elections

President Duda ready to face rivals in May's presidential elections Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

President Andrzej Duda is ready for debates with all of the opposition presidential candidates, deputy head of the President's Office Pawel Mucha told the Rzeczpospolita daily.

Mucha, noting that the Polish presidential election will take place either on May 3, 10 or 17, stressed that the ruling Law and Justice party is signaling that it is ready to support the current president.

The aide said that results of recent polls have shown that President Duda would defeat all the other presidential candidates and that, at the moment, he is the most popular politician in Poland.

Commenting on the possible candidacy of former two-time prime minister and current head of the European Council Donald Tusk, Mucha recalled that "when he last ran in the presidential elections he lost to late President Lech Kaczynski despite enormous support, including in the media."

"We'll just have to wait for his (Tusk's) decision. Surely President (Duda) refers to all his potential opponents with respect," added Mucha.

Tusk, a former leader of the Civic Platform, whose term in office as the European Council head ends on December 1, has so far avoided any concrete declarations regarding his political future.

Meanwhile, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, a prominent figure in Poland's main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform (PO), and a PM candidate of the PO-led Civic Coalition, assured the Super Express daily that her party will announce its presidential candidate before the Christmas holiday.

Kidawa-Blonska said that if Donald Tusk decides to be the PO candidate, she will not run in the election.