Forbes, By Luiza Oleszczuk, May 25
Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski has conceded the runoff election to his rival after partial official results and exit polls on Monday confirmed the victory of conservative candidate Andrzej Duda in Poland’s presidential race. Duda, of the right-wing Law and Justice party, defeated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski of the center-right Civic Platform, which has governed Poland since 2007.
Duda won overwhelmingly among the rural regions, as opposed to cities, and geographically, in the eastern half of Poland. This illustrates how strongly the country is divided as far as economic development, social status and education (eastern Poland being much less economically and infrastructurally developed than its western half, with a generally less educated, more rural population). Komorowski actually took more voivodeships (Polish administrative regions), but Duda received more individual votes.