Gowin considers his 20% support in PO party election a success
August 23, 2013
Jaroslaw Gowin and Donald Tusk
Though early unofficial reports suggest Prime Minister Donald Tusk will remain the leader of his governing Civic Platform (PO) party, his sole challenger, Jaroslaw Gowin, said Thursday that the 20% he garnered in party elections that took place in July and August were a success for him and a failure for the incumbent.
Early reports from the PO election commission revealed that Gowin received 20% of votes sent in by mail. The final results, including votes submitted electronically, will be announced today.
Gowin, a conservative member of the centrist PO who announced his candidacy against Tusk in June, considers even his 20% result to be “outstanding,” having not actually expected to defeat Tusk, who has been leader of PO for almost ten years.
Tusk fired Gowin at the end of April from his position as the Minister of Justice, he will now also likely be forced to leave PO. If that happens, Gowin said that he will not join the conservative opposition nor found a party of his own but “try to realize the same agenda” as that in his campaign “in some other way.”