Andrzej Duda

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Andrzej Duda

Andrzej Duda (Born 16 May 1972) is the fifth President of Poland in eastern Europe. He is a member of the pro-Christian, pro-free market, pro-traditional marriage Law and Justice Party, which controlled the Presidency from 2005-2010 and would have done so longer had popular President Lech Kaczyński not been killed in a suspicious plane crash in Russia.[1] He defeated the liberal President Bronisław Komorowski on May 25, 2015 in a runoff election to become the fifth President-elect of Poland since 1990, in a result which, along with smashing Conservative victories in the UK, likely heralds the decline of liberalism both in Poland and in Europe as a whole.

Political positions

Duda, as a member of the Law and Justice Party, represents the conservative and Christian views within Polish politics, supporting free market principles, reducing tax rates, ending government corruption, strengthening national defense, promoting and protecting traditional marriage, restricting abortion, and preventing Communists and former members of the oppressive Stalinist regime that was imposed on Poland from 1945-1989 from serving openly in positions of authority.[2]

Duda is skeptical of mass migration and opposes European Union attempts to force Poland to accept refugees.[3] He has stated that "there is no doubt the growing wave of terrorism is linked to migration."[4]

Importance of 2015 election

Duda's election as Presidentcoupled with a smashing Conservative Party victory in the United Kingdom[5] to signal a decline in liberal power across Europe. With Parliamentary elections set to take place in many nations whose Parliaments are currently controlled by liberals, including Poland, Argentina, Spain, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and Myanmar throughout the latter half of 2015, strong conservative victories in early elections heralded large defeats for liberals in several of the nations and a restoration of moderate-to-conservative power in them.