Warsaw mayor not to run for presidency

Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski announced on Friday that he would not run in the forthcoming presidential elections.

Mr Trzaskowski told the private TV broadcaster TVN24 that it would be very hard for him to lead a political campaign for six months, holding the office of the capital city’s mayor at the same time.

He added that even in case of winning presidential elections, he would have to resign from his current seat, and, as in such a scenario the next Warsaw mayor is appointed by the prime minister, he would be replaced by the candidate from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).

“We cannot let that happen,” he said.

In his opinion, the best candidate for presidency from among the opposition ranks would be the deputy Sejm speaker Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska from the Civic Coalition.

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