June 21, 2010, 11:47 a.m.
Interim President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of former President Lech Kaczynski, face a run-off election for the presidency July 4 after neither candidate garnered a majority of the votes. A pre-election report by the Robert Schuman Foundation in France analyzes the role of the presidency in Poland and the campaign cycle in this election to replace Lech Kaczynski after a plane carrying dozens of members of the government crashed in Petchorsk, Russia April 10. From the report:
“The electoral campaign will necessarily be short. ‘The campaign will be calm and silent, without conflict,’ stressed MEP Lena Kolarska Bobinska some days after the accident on 10th April. Jaroslaw Kaczynski's participation in this election may however prove this forecast wrong – the former Prime Minister's party which may benefit from a rise in popularity after the tragic death of the outgoing Head of State wants to defend its chances in the face of Bronislaw Komorowski. In addition to this no-one can foretell the way the emotion caused by the outgoing President's death and the period of national mourning will emerge in the urns.”