Kidawa-Błońska announces candidature for presidential primaries

Deputy Speaker of Poland's Sejm (Lower House) Malgorzata Kidawa-Blońska has announced her candidature for the opposition Civic Platform (PO) and Civic Coalition (KO) in the primaries to the presidential elections, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported on Monday.

The deputy speaker stated that she had gathered over 150 signatures from the PO National Council, or about half the body's membership, which is made up of PO management as well as MPs, senators and MEPS of the party. Kidawa-Blonska indicated at the same time that she did not know if anyone else would submit a candidature.

"I don't know if any of my other colleagues have announced themselves, but they have until tomorrow," said the deputy speaker.

In order to be able to register a candidature, 30 signatures are required. The deadline for announcing PO/KO primary candidatures falls on Tuesday.

"I know that everyone waits until the last moment to take such a decision," added Ms Kidawa-Błońska

Among the potential rivals to Kidawa-Blonska, the most often mentioned are MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz, a former Health Minister, and MEP Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Foreign Minister.

So far Ms Kidawa-Blońska is the only person to have expressed a desire to run for president for PO/KO.