President Duda meets his contender in July 12 election

2020-07-30 11:14 update: 2020-07-30, 13:44
Phot. PAP/KPRP/Jakub Szymczuk
Phot. PAP/KPRP/Jakub Szymczuk
President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday morning with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, his challenger in the recent presidential election run-off won by Duda.

In the run-off election on July 12, Duda got 51.03 of votes, beating Trzaskowski, who received 48.97 percent. The turnout was 68.18 percent.

During the election evening on July 12 Duda invited his opponent to a meeting at the Presidential Palace later in the day. Trzaskowski turned down the invitation at that time explaining that such a meeting should wait until the official election results were announced.

After the Thursday meeting, Duda said that during the conversation he expressed his regret that Trzaskowski had not accepted his invitation on the election evening.

"I wanted that meeting, regardless of who won the elections, to have this certain symbolic meaning and that it would become a Polish tradition for the future, a tradition of presidential elections," the president said.

He added that the topics of the Thursday talks included the upcoming anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi Germans occupying Poland, which broke out on August 1, 1944 as well as many "substantive matters."

"It was a calm meeting, during which we also talked about the future of Poland, about how we want Poland to continue to develop," Duda said. (PAP)