Komorowski to be inaugurated as Polish president

August 6th, 2010 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, Aug 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Bronislaw Komorowski will be sworn in as new Polish president Friday at a joint session of the two chambers of parliament.
Komorowski, a 58-year-old pro-European Union (EU) moderate member of the governing Civic Platform party, won the presidential runoff in early July with more than 53 percent of the vote, about six percent ahead of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who leads the conservative Law and Justice party.

The Supreme Court of Poland Tuesday declared July’s early presidential polls valid, as reported violations had no impact on the outcome.

According to the country’s constitution, the results of presidential polls receive final approval from the Supreme Court, which studies all complaints about voting irregularities.

The court received 378 reports on alleged violations and ruled that 16 of them were well-grounded. However, the judges said they could not influence the results of the vote, as the winner, Bronislaw Komorowski, was more than one million votes ahead of his major rival Kaczynski.

Early elections were called in Poland after the death of former president Lech Kaczynski, along with a delegation of Polish officials, in a plane crash in western Russia in April.

Soon after Komorowski’s victory was announced, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to continue efforts to “expand all-embracing cooperation between Russia and Poland”.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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