Polish president Komorowski bids for protest votes after defeat in first round

Incumbent Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski followed up his surprise defeat in the May 10 presidential ballot with a pledge to conduct a national referendum on key issues postulated by a surprise upstart rival.

Komorowski will seek a national referendum on introducing single-member constituencies, so-called first-past-the-post voting, to replace the current party list system, a flagship demand of Pawel Kukiz, the former rock star who secured third place with more than 20 per cent in the first round, way above any of the pre-election poll readings. Anti-establishment voters coalesced around the candidate to issue a yellow card to the major parties.

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