Date set for Polish presidential poll

The Speaker of Poland’s parliament has set the date for a presidential election following the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash 11 days ago.

The Speaker of Poland’s parliament has set the date for a presidential election following the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash 11 days ago.

Bronislaw Komorowski, who is the acting president and will be a candidate, named June 20 as the date for the first round of voting.

If no candidate musters at least 50%, a second round will be held two weeks later, on July 4.

Elections were originally to have been held this autumn but had to be moved up due to Mr Kaczynski’s death in a plane crash in western Russia on April 10.

The crash also killed his wife and 94 other people, including many of the nation’s civilian and military leaders.

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