Military ceremony in Warsaw after Andzej Duda sworn in for second term as president | AFP

A military ceremony is held in Warsaw after Andzej Duda was sworn in for a second five-year term in office in Poland. In the second round of the presidential election, he narrowly defeated the liberal mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski, 51-49%. Some of the opposition MPs boycotted the ceremony in parliament.

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Rafal Trzaskowski concedes defeat in Polish presidential election | AFP

The liberal mayor of Warsaw and defeated presidential contender, Rafal Trzaskowski, calls on winner, incumbent President Duda, to “free himself from his political party” and believes that his score of over 48% is a “message of hope”.

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Polish president ahead by tiny margin in run-off: exit poll | AFP

Poland’s right-wing head of state Andrzej Duda arrives at his headquarters to the applause of his supporters as he is ahead by a tiny margin in the presidential run-off against Warsaw’s liberal mayor, according to an exit poll. IMAGES

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Poland: Trzaskowski addresses supporters as Duda leads by small margin | AFP

Polish presidential candidate Rafal Trzaskowski of the opposition Civic Platform addresses supporters in Warsaw on election night as President Andrzej Duda leads by a small margin, according to an exit poll. IMAGES

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Poland: Opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski votes in Rybnik | AFP

Warsaw mayor and opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski votes in Rybnik. The liberal faces incumbent Andrzej Duda in a knife-edge presidential election. IMAGES

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Visegrad Group Prime Ministers meet in Warsaw | AFP

Polish President and Prime Minister, Andrzej Duda and Mateusz Morawiecki, welcome Czech, Slovak and Hungarian Heads of Government, Andrej Babis, Igor Matovic and Viktor Orban to mark the start of the Polish Presidency in the Visegrad Group. IMAGES of the leaders meeting

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Poland: leader of right-wing Law and Justice party votes | AFP

The leader of the right-wing Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski votes at the polling station near his home in the Zoliborz, district of Warsaw. IMAGES

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Polish president Andrzej Duda votes in presidential election | AFP

Polish president Andrzej Duda casts his vote in the first round of the country’s presidential election. Polls indicate that Duda, backed by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, will fall short of a majority and there will need to be a run-off on July 12. Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, a liberal from the Civic Platform (PO) opposition party who has promised to heal ties with Brussels, is predicted to be his rival in the second round. IMAGES

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Polish liberal opposition candidate Trzaskowski holds final rally ahead of Sunday vote | AFP

Supporters of presidential candidate and current Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski attend a rally in the city ahead of Sunday’s vote. President Andrzej Duda, long considered the hands-down election favourite, appeared recently to be losing support as the economic hardship triggered by the coronavirus lockdown began to bite. IMAGES

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People rally against coronavirus restrictions in Warsaw | AFP

Demonstrators gather in Warsaw to protest against the economic losses caused by lockdown. On Monday, Poland began the third phase of easing its restrictions, allowing for the reopening of many businesses such as restaurants and beauty salons. IMAGES

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Entrepreneurs rally against coronavirus restrictions in Warsaw | AFP

Hundreds of people gather in Warsaw to protest against the economic losses caused by lockdown. Next Monday, Poland will begin the third phase of easing its restrictions, allowing for the reopening of many businesses such as restaurants and beauty salons. IMAGES

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Shopping centre reopens in Warsaw as Poland eases lockdown | AFP

A shopping centre in Warsaw reopens to the public as Poland allows access to some public spaces such as museums and hotels in a bid to ease the COVID-19 lockdown. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Warsaw’s street empty as public gatherings banned | AFP

Warsaw’s streets are empty after Poland banned public gatherings of more than two people and restricted freedom of movement in fight against the spread of coronavirus. IMAGES

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Thousands rally in Warsaw against controversial judicial bill | AFP

Thousands of citizens and hundreds of judges and prosecutors from all over Europe rally in Warsaw against a controversial law which could punish judges who question the government’s controversial court reforms, a legislative move that critics argue undermines judicial independence. The lower house of parliament adopted the legislation proposed by the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party last month. IMAGES

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In Poland, protests against draft law targeting critics of judicial reforms | AFP

Thousands of Poles demonstrate outside Parliament in Warsaw and in about 100 cities against a draft law designed to punish judges challenging controversial ongoing judicial reforms. from the protestN°1N64K4

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Tens of thousands join far-right Independence Day march in Poland | AFP

Poland’s far right attracts tens of thousands to a march in Warsaw to mark the country’s Independence Day just weeks after making significant gains in national elections. This year’s march comes a month after Poland’s Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition, won nine seats in the October 13 parliamentary elections.

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Polish far-right groups march, filling Warsaw streets with red smoke | AFP

Polish far-right groups demonstrate in the country’s capital, holding up banners and taking to the streets with red flares on the country’s National Independence Day. IMAGES

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