Poland’s governing parties reached an agreement on Wednesday to postpone the country’s presidential election, which was due to take place on Sunday.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, and coalition partner leader Jaroslaw Gowin announced the move in a joint statement.
The two called the decision “a solution that will guarantee Poles the opportunity to participate in democratic elections.”
A new date for the election has not been set yet, but will be announced “as soon as possible.”
“Having in mind Poles’ safety, due to the epidemic, the elections will be held by postal vote,” they said.
The decision came after the PiS faced backlash — including among its own ranks — over its push to hold the vote as scheduled despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Opinion polls suggested that PiS-allied President Andrzej Duda could currently secure 50% of the vote and snag a first-round victory.
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