Poland’s leader sworn in for 2nd term

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative President Andrzej Duda was sworn in for a second five-year term before Parliament members yesterday, but most opposition parliamentarians and former presidents and prime ministers did not attend.

Their absence showed their disapproval of what they call Duda’s disregard for the Constitution during his first term, and his almost total acceptance of the ruling right-wing party’s policies that have put Poland at odds with European Union (EU)leaders.

Duda has been a close ally of the ruling right-wing coalition of the Law and Justice party and two small partner parties.

The President vowed openness to groups and political parties, but he stressed the key role of the family in society and the need to protect it.

Duda won 51.03 per cent of votes in the July 12 election runoff while his challenger, liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, received 48.97 per cent. Turnout was almost 65 per cent in the nation of 38 million.

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda in Pultusk, Poland. PHOTO: AP