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Conservative newcomer Duda wins Polish presidential cliffhanger

Update: May, 25/2015 - 11:38

WARSAW — Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda on Sunday won a surprise victory in Poland's presidential run-off, trumping incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski with promises of change and generous social spending.

An MEP and lawyer with a populist streak, Duda scored 53 per cent support ahead of Komorowski, who mustered 47 per cent, exit polls showed.

Komorowski was quick to concede defeat and said his loss was also a warning signal to his political allies in government.

"I congratulate my rival, Mr Andrzej Duda and I wish him a successful presidency because I wish Poland well," he told supporters in Warsaw.

The country's powerful Roman Catholic church also congratulated Duda, with whom it shares an opinion on certain social issues. — AFP

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