Running on a platform of opposition to the LGBTQ movement, the conservative prime minister of Poland has won a second five-year term, according to MailOnline.
President Andrzej Duda won with 51.21 percent of the vote, defeating the liberal mayor of Warsaw, according to a near-complete vote count. Official results will be announced later but the electoral commission confirmed the result after votes from 99.7 percent of districts had been counted.
Duda’s opponent, Rafal Trzaskowski, had fallen behind on 48.97 percent of the vote, giving Duda a lead of nearly half a million votes.
The very close race revealed deep cultural divisions in this European Union nation, with the bitterly fought campaign focusing on issues of culture. Duda’s government, along with state media and the Catholic church, sought to play off a national distaste for Jews, the LGBT community and Germans.
Duda’s Law and Justice party ran on traditional values and policies that reward them, such as sizeable monthly cash bonuses of 500 zlotys ($130) per child to all families, regardless of income. The Polish prime minister also enjoyed strong support among older Poles after he and the party lowered the retirement age and launched a yearly cash bonus called a “13th pension.”
Duda’s supporters rewarded promises he kept to reduce the economic inequality that came with the country’s transition from communism to a market economy thirty years ago.