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Left puts forward female historian as presidential candidate

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Nick Hodge 09.01.2015 15:59
The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) has put forward Dr. Magdalena Ogorek as its candidate for the 2015 presidential election.
Dr. Magdalena Ogorek at the SLD press conference in Warsaw on Friday. Photo: PAP/Marcin ObaraDr. Magdalena Ogorek at the SLD press conference in Warsaw on Friday. Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

The news was announced at a press conference on Friday, presided over by party leader Leszek Miller and Ogorek herself.

''We are confident that Dr. Magdalena Ogorek is a symbol of change, including a generational one,'' Miller said.

''She is a symbol of the opening up of Polish politics to a young European generation of Polish men and women.

''She is a symbol of national unity, and not the representative or head of any of Poland's warring tribes or political parties,'' he added.

Ogorek, whose books include The Polish Templars: Myths and Reality, has worked in the past as a television presenter. She was also employed as a consultant to the National Bank of Poland from 2012 to 2014.

Her studies included a stint at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht.

''I believe in this campaign, I believe in the success of the entire Polish left,'' she said on Friday.

A recent poll found that current head of state President Bronislaw Komorowski had 56 percent backing from potential Polish voters, although he has not officially announced his candidacy yet.

Andrzej Duda of conservative opposition party Law and Justice garnered 16 percent in the poll, while liberal candidate Janusz Palikot managed 4 percent. (nh)

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