Problems of choosing a candidate for the Civil Platform for the presidency: report

Civic Platform party (PO) has a problem finding candidates for its primary presidential elections, which are scheduled to take place on December 14, the news website Onet reports.

The website writes that for now there is only one candidate that has applied to take part in the primary elections – Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska.

The party set a deadline of Tuesday November 19 for the submission of applications to become a candidate.

According to sources quoted by Onet, PO is “on a direct path to a total embarrassment.” They criticise Grzegorz Schetyna, the leader of the party for taking the decision to organise the primary elections.

The idea of such a selection to become a Presidential candidate was, according to the reports, the idea of Mr Schetyna. More than 1,200 members of the party’s National Convention – the party’s most important body – are set to elect the candidate.

The lack of other candidates would be a great embarrassment to the party’s leader, Onet wrote. Mr Schetyna was reportedly trying to convince other popular members of the party, such as MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz, new Speaker of Senate Tomasz Grodzki and Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw.

Another possible competitor of Ms Kidawa-Błońska is Radosław Sikorski, a former Foreign Minister and Speaker of Sejm. However, it is not certain that he would have any desire to participate because he previously ran in primary elections in 2010, when Bronisław Komorowski was chosen. According to Onet, he does not want to be Ms Kidawa-Błońska’s “pacemaker”.

There are some of the opinion within the party that Ms Kidawa-Błońska should just be named as the party’s candidate and the idea of primary elections should be abandoned.

The presidential elections will take place in 2020, most likely in late spring or early summer.

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