Polish president wins 2nd term after bitter campaign
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda has declared victory in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness. The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski that was dominated by cultural issues. The government, state media and the influential Roman Catholic Church all mobilized in support of Duda and the campaign sought to stoke anti-Semitism, homophobia and xenophobia in order to shore up conservative support. Duda celebrated what was seen as a mandate for him and the right-wing ruling Law and Justice party that backs him.