Komorowski pledges to unite Poles after victory confirmation
Bronislaw Komorowski pledged to unite the country during a ceremony Tuesday confirming his victory in the race for the Polish presidency.
Komorowski said it was significant that he got support during his campaign from two former presidents who were outside his political circle: Lech Walesa, the legendary leader of the Solidarity labour union, and Aleksander Kwasniewski, of the Democratic Left Alliance, DPA reported.
"I treat this as an obligation for the presidency to be above ideological and party divisions," Komorowski said.
The central election commission presented Komorowski with a victory resolution at Warsaw's Royal Castle.
Komorowski, of the centre-right Civic Platform party, won Sunday's election with 53 per cent of the vote. His opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski, of the right-wing Law and Justice party, received some 46 per cent of the vote.
"The nation has chosen. It made an important decision about the future of the nation and about my future," Komorowski said, thanking his rivals and everyone who voted.
The election was held early to find a successor to Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in April in Russia.
Komorowski said he will resign his seat in Parliament at the next session. Komorowski, currently the parliamentary speaker, has been acting president since Kaczynski's death.
The confirmation ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, parliamentarians and ministers.
Tusk said Komorowski had done a "great thing" for Poland, and that the nation could now grow with "harmony and faith in the future."
Komorowski's inauguration will take place in mid-August.