Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Northern Ireland's Poles hit the polls to pick Kaczynski successor

Over a thousand Polish nationals converged on south Belfast yesterday to vote for a new president after the death of Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash.

The late president's identical twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and acting president Bronislaw Komorowski are among the 10 candidates.

Poles living as far away as Cavan and Newry came to Belfast yesterday to cast their vote — the first opportunity for Polish nationals living in Northern Ireland to vote for their new leader. A polling station had been set up in the Chinese Welfare Association offices beside the River Lagan.

Opinion was divided on the deceased president. Those who liked his tenure of office cast their vote for his twin brother.

Maciej Domanski (36) who lives in Newry said he had voted for Kazynski’s brother. “We liked the former President. He defended Polish interests.” he said.

Malgorzata Guziec (31), who works in a bank in Belfast, said: “I didn’t vote for his twin brother. People mourned the personal tragedy for the families affected but not for Kaczynski’s political impact.”

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