Main opposition candidate leaves Poland’s Presidential race

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) — The main opposition candidate in Poland’s trouble-ridden Presidential election said yesterday she was quitting the race after her support dropped dramatically.

Centre-liberal candidate Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska of the Civic Platform party was at one point seen as a strong contender, but lost almost all support after she called for a boycott of the election held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Civic Platform is expected to name a new candidate to run against the frontrunner, incumbent President Andrzej Duda, and a few other candidates.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski and former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski have been mentioned as potential new picks. The election was originally scheduled for last Sunday but was postponed amid coronavirus restrictions and political infighting. The new date is still to be announced, but it should fall before late July.