Poland’s largest opposition party elected new leader – Borys Budka

Former justice minister Borys Budka was elected the new leader of the Civic Platform, Poland’s largest opposition party, in elections held across the country on Saturday.

10 816 party members from all over the country were entitled to cast their votes and 8 266 (76,4%) of them participated in elections.

Budka received 6 481 votes, which means the support of 78,77% of voters.

Among Budka’s competitors were other prominent Civic Platform’s politicians including former culture minister Bogdan Zdrojewski (623 votes – 7,57%), current vicepresident of party and  former defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak (920 votes – 11,18%), and former interior minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz (204 votes – 2,48%).

The four-year term in office of outgoing party leader Grzegorz Schetyna ends by the end of January. Schetyna announced last week that he would not be running for reelection.
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