Trzaskowski promises to continue political struggle

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Although Rafal Trzaskowski lost the Sunday presidential election he has pledged to continue the opposition’s fight to retrieve the country from the hands of one party.

Speaking on post-election Monday, Trzaskowski, the candidate supported by the centrist Civic Coalition, said the Sunday vote was only yet another stage of the opposition's efforts to regain the country from the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party.

Trzaskowski speaking in Warsaw thanked all Poles who voted for him in the second round of the election. "10 million votes, this is a real obligation, I am very happy that above all we managed to create something that we have not seen in Poland in recent years - a real civic movement," stressed Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw.

He noted that those 10 million Polish women and men want a Poland that is "European, tolerant, smiling, where everyone is equal," and welcomed the fact that among his supporters are young people, many of whom voted for the first time. "This of course gives us great hope for the future,' said Trzaskowski.

He added that his party, the Civic Platform, must be open to "new people and new ideas."

Referring to the course of the presidential campaign, Trzaskowski said it was very tough as the entire Law and Justice (PiS) propaganda machine was directed against opposition candidates. "We knew that would be difficult and it was, but we fought to the very end," said Trzaskowski.

Congratulating Duda on his re-election, Trzaskowski expressed hope that his second term would be different. "This is a great opportunity for the president to free himself from his political party, not to listen all the time to only one person (Jaroslaw Kaczynski - PiS leader), but to listen to the voice of citizens and to veto those bills that will be bad laws that will attack independent institutions and local self-government. I hope that during his second term, the president will show much more independence," said Trzaskowski.