Rome and Vatican to be President’s first post-election foreign destinations: aide

President Andrzej Duda will most likely pay his first foreign visit after his re-election, to Rome and the Vatican, the presidential Chief of Staff Krzysztof Szczerski said on Tuesday.

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Mr Szczerski told Polish Radio that he expects the visit to take place in early autumn.

He recalled that during the first presidential debate President Duda said he would like to pay his first foreign visit of the second term, after the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic ends, to Rome and the Vatican.

According to the presidential Chief of Staff, the visit to Rome “would be a symbol that Italy, which experienced a difficult pandemic-related situation, was able to overcome it.”.
Mr Szczerski explained that the visit to Rome would also be related to this year's 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II.

On Monday evening, the Polish State Electoral Commission (PKW) announced the full results of the presidential election in Poland. The incumbent president Andrzej Duda received a total of 10,440,648 votes, while the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski - 10,018,263 votes. It translated to 51.03 percent support for Mr Duda and 48.97 percent for Mr Trzaskowski.

The term of the re-elected president will begin on August 7.