Interim President Bronislaw Komorowski
appears to have narrowly won victory in Poland's presidential election run-off by defeating former Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczynski
, the twin brother of the deceased former President.
With only 95% of the ballots counted so far, Mr Komorowski, left, has obtained 52.6% of the votes, and his opponent Mr Kaczynski, who surprised many polling some 47% of the vote, accepted defeat soon after three different exit polls were published last night showing him in second place.
Mr Komorowski, from the ruling Civic Platform
party, will become Poland's fourth democratically elected president since the fall of Communism in 1989.
Dubbed the “EU's dream candidate
”, his election was welcomed by Wilfried Martens
, the President of the EPP group
to which his party belongs, who said
“Komorowski has the leadership qualities and political gravitas to bring Poland forward
"With President Komorowski and PM Donald Tusk, Poland has the credibility and confidence to play a leading role in the EU
The official result is expected later today.