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High-Stakes Vote in Poland Tests Populist Rule

  • Result will decide Poland’s nationalist makeover, EU ties
  • Exit polls will be published at 9pm CET, when voting ends
President Duda Votes in First Round of Polish Election
Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg
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Poland is voting in a high-stakes presidential election as the coronavirus pandemic tests the populists’ grip on power and threatens one of the biggest nationalist makeovers in the heart of Europe.

In what may be one of the closest ballots in Poland’s post-communist history, incumbent Andrzej Duda is battling Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in a runoff ballot on Sunday. More than 30 million eligible voters can cast their ballots until 9pm CET (3pm EST), when an exit poll will be published by the country’s three main television stations.